Lecturer, Linguistics, UCLA
Olga Ivanova is a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she teaches courses on Swahili language and socio-cultural linguistics. She studied African languages and cultures at the St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and the University of Hamburg (Germany), and conducted an extensive fieldwork in Tanzania. Her research interests are pragmatics and language learning and teaching. Language socialization in participatory media and in reproductive health campaigns in East Africa as well as discourse-functional approaches to Swahili are her areas of expertise.