Mirjana Dedaic teaches at New York University and at Dubrovnik International University. Previously, she taught at Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology Program (CCT), Fairfield University, University of Virginia, and the University of Split (Croatia). She has also served as an International Broadcaster and Editor of Croatian Programs at Voice of America. She received a B.A. in South Slavic Languages and World Literatures from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, an M.A. in Philology from the same University, a second M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University.
Professor Dedaic has an interdisciplinary background that includes theoretical, cognitive and sociocultural linguistics, communication theories, literature, semiotics, discursive psychology, critical discourse studies, and identity studies.
Mirjana Dedaic published papers in leading linguistic journals, including Journal of Pragmatics and Journal of Sociolinguistics, and several book chapters. Her newest book is South Slavic Discourse Particles (2010), a pioneering volume in the field. Previously, she co-edited a volume At War with Words (2003) that explores the link between language and conflict through comparative and case study analyses in various regions of the world.
A native of Croatia, Professor Dedaic came to the United States on a Fulbright grant in 1990, just months before the war erupted in the former Yugoslavia. Her creative writing includes poetry published in both Croatian and English, and translations of Croatian and American poets. She recently completed the English translation of a Croatian novel, Pristajanje (No Landfall in Sight), written by the cult writer Slobodan Novak.