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James Thayer


  1. B.A., English (Minor: educational studies), University of South Carolina Aiken, 2018
  2. A.A.S., Intelligence Studies and Technology, Community College of the Air Force, 2014
  3. A.A., Afghan Pashto, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, 2011


My research interests include second language learning, humor research, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and cognitive linguistics. Prior to coming to Penn State, I spent a combined total of 9 years as a language analyst, first in the United States Air Force and then as a civilian contractor.