Matthew T. Prior is an associate professor of applied linguistics in the Department of English, a Barrett Honors faculty member and chair of the Interdisiciplinary Committee of Linguistics (ICOL) at Arizona State University. He holds a doctorate in second language acquisition from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He teaches courses in qualitative methods, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, TESOL, and second language acquisition. He is also affiliated with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU.
His interests include social interaction through the lens of conversation analysis, discursive psychology, membership categorization, and formulation analysis; narrative and discursive-constructionist approaches to identity; socio-psychological dimensions of second language learning and use; and close analysis and critique of interview and qualitative research practices. Recently, he has been concerned with the interactional construction and management of emotionality, well-being, and mental health.
His publications on topics including emotion discourse, identity, narrative, transcultural belonging, mental health, and represented talk and thought, discourse analysis, and interview research have appeared in international journals such as Applied Linguistics, Qualitative Inquiry, Applied Linguistics Review, TESOL Quarterly, TEXT & TALK, and volumes for De Gruyter Mouton, Benjamins, and Routledge. He is author of "Emotion and Discourse in L2 Narrative Research" (Multilingual Matters, 2016), and co-editor of the volume "Emotion in Multilingual Interaction" (Benjamins, 2016).
He has served as editorial assistant for Applied Linguistics (2005-2008), managing editor for Language Learning & Technology (2008-2010), and chief editor of the Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Second Language Research Forum (Cascadilla Press).
Three primary objectives drive his approach to teaching: (a) to inspire and motivate students, (b) to encourage and engage with alternative ways of learning and knowing, and (c) to cultivate professional development and social action.