Patricia Friedrich is a Professor of Rhetoric and Composition/Linguistics in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies at ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in English Linguistics, with an emphasis on Sociolinguistics and a secondary concentration in Historical Linguistics, from Purdue University in 2001. She also received her M.A. in English from Purdue (1997), earning ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement at the same time. Her undergraduate work was completed at Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), where she was awarded her B.A. in English and Portuguese, Languages and Literatures, in 1992.
Dr. Friedrich, is a sociolinguist whose scholarly interests include Critical Applied Linguistics, Critical Theory, Cross-cultural Communication, language and peace, and the social contruction of mental illness. Her research interests also include World Englishes and the spread of English throughout the world (the politics of English and its interaction with social and economic phenomena). She recently published The Sociolinguistics of Digital Englishes (Routledge), English for Diplomatic Purposes (ed., Mltilingual Matters), and The Literary and Linguistic Construction of OCD (Palgrave). She is currently working on a book about Applied Linguistics (Routledge).
She has published over 35 articles in journals such as World Englishes, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, and English Today and is an editorial board member of International Multilingual Research Journal and a reviewer for World Englishes and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Quarterly.
Among the New College courses taught by Dr. Friedrich are undergraduate/graduate classes in the history of the English language, the study of language, sociolinguistics, peace studies and persuasive writing.