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Lisa Del TortoCo-Director, Design Thinking and CommunicationAssistant Professor of Instruction, The Cook Family Writing Program


Lisa Del Torto is Co-Director of Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) and Assistant Professor of Instruction in The Cook Family Writing Program. She teaches expository writing, freshman seminars, and the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) sequence. Drawing on her training in sociolinguistics and methods of ethnography and conversation analysis, Del Torto’s research focuses on language and identity, language contact, multilingual family interaction, and English language learning.

She believes that sociolinguistics is a fascinating field of study with broad applications. With this belief, Del Torto brings sociolinguistics into all of her teaching.


PhD, Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MA, Linguistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.A. Linguistics (Spanish), New York University, New York, NY

Research Interests

Language and identity; language contact; multilingual family interaction; English language learning

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