Dr. Matsumoto is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Linguistics division at Penn GSE. She received a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation focused on communicative strategies for resolving miscommunication using multimodal interactional resources—such as gesture, embodied action, laughter, and material objects—in English as a lingua franca (ELF) contexts. Simply put, ELF is a practice where interlocutors with various linguistic and cultural backgrounds use English as a means of communication. Her major research interests include ELF, intercultural communication, and pragmatics.
Prior to joining Penn GSE, Dr. Matsumoto was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she taught a variety of graduate-level applied linguistics courses, including Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Second Language Acquisition, and Bilingualism and Language Policy. She also taught English as a foreign language at secondary schools in Japan for about five years.