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Dr Miguel Perez-Milans
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom
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  • Senior Lecturer In Applied Linguistics
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the Department of Culture, Communication and Media in UCL Institute of Education (UK). I received my PhD. in Socio- and Applied Linguistics from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at King’s College London (2010-2011) and The University of Hong Kong (2011-2012). I have worked as Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong (2012-2015) where I have also been appointed Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education (2016-2017).

I am co-editor of Language, Culture and Society (John Benjamins) and Language Policy journal (Springer). I also serve as Vice-President of EDiSo Association for Studies in Discourse and Society (http://www.edisoportal.org).  

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Research Summary

I am interested in language, institutions, social interaction and political economy, with a focus on how inequality operates across different social fields. I have conducted ethnographic and sociolinguistic research in London, Madrid, Mainland China and Hong Kong which has explored issues concerned with mobility and migration, shifting politics of national identity, activism and neoliberalisation of education. I am currently exploring trajectories of young professionals in the making as they move from higher education into the labor market.

My latest publications include:

Pérez-Milans, M. & Guo (Grace) X. (2020). Hoping for success, becoming a spiritual subject: Converted returnees in China. Language, Culture and Society 2(2): 197-226.

Pérez-Milans, M. (2021). Futures, imagined cities and emerging markets: The semiotic production of professional selves. Social Semiotics 31(1),155-176.

Pérez-Milans, M. (2020). Transnational trajectories of multilingual workers: Emerging geographies and spatializing practices of mutant sovereignty. International Journal of Multilingualism 17(1), 97-106.

Zhang, J. & Pérez-Milans, M. (2019). Structures of feeling in language policy: The case of Tibetan in China. Language Policy 18(1), 39-64.

Tollefson, James W. & Miguel Pérez-Milans (Eds.) (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Soto, C. & Pérez-Milans, M. (2018). Language, neoliberalism and the commodification of pedagogy. Language and Intercultural Communication 18 (5): 490-506.

Pérez-Milans, M. (Ed.) (2016). Reflexivity in Late Modernity: Accounts from Linguistic Ethnographies of Youth. AILA Review 29 (1), 1-213.

Teaching Summary

Sociolinguistics; Spoken Discourse Analysis; Research Methods; Intercultural Communication;  Critical Readings of Popular Culture; Language Policy and Planning; Bilingualism & Multilingualism; Discourse, Culture & Society.  

JAN-2016 Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
JAN-2016 – AUG-2017 Honorary Associate Professor Faculty of Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2013 – DEC-2015 Assistant Professor - Tenure-track faculty of Education -Division of English Language Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2012 – AUG-2013 Temporary Assistant Professor Faculty of Education -Division of English Language Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2011 – AUG-2012 Postdoctoral Fellow Faculty of Education The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
SEP-2010 – AUG-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow Education and Professional Studies King's College London, United Kingdom
SEP-2008 – FEB-2009 Visiting Lecturer Department of Sociology and Communication University of Salamanca, Spain
SEP-2005 – JAN-2013 Teaching Consultant East Asian Studies Open University of Catalonia, Spain
MAY-2004 – MAY-2008 Assistant Researcher Linguistics and Modern Languages Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain
Academic Background
2009   Doctor of Philosophy Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2004   Master of Arts Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2003   Postgraduate Diploma Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2002   Licenciatura Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
2000   Bachelor of Education Universidad Complutense de Madrid
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