B.A. in Sociology & Philosophy, University of Iowa, 2013
M.A. in Sociology, Emory University, 2017
General Research Areas
Social Psychology, Culture, Religion, Methodology
I study how groups use language to solve social problems. My previous research has examined how modern states differ in their public interpretations of national disasters, and how country musicians use linguistic codes to signal group membership. In my dissertation I develop a method for anchoring multiple word embedding spaces using the cosine similarity of target words. I use this to examine the American language of death and dying as it fluctuates in semantic-syntactic language space over time. I am passionate about data visualization and research methods, and have led over 20 hours of training workshops in R. Please visit my website for more information: www.johnabernau.com.
Dissertation Title: Talk of Death: American Discourse in Three Spheres