Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Government, Harvard University, Madrid

Regne Unit, 2012

My name is Alfonso Sánchez-Moya and I am a doctor in English Linguistics (Complutense  Madrid | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Government, Harvard University. So far, my research has combined the exploration of several fields within linguistics. Embedded within Discourse Studies as the overarching approach, I have devoted the last five years to analysing the  discourse used by female survivors of Intimate Partner Violence when representing themselves and their male perpetrators in an online forum. To this end, I adopted a multi-faceted methodological framework, which moved from a more quantified analysis of the online discourse at hand (sentiment analysis) to more abstract/metaphorical realisations of these women and the perpetrators. By and large, and based on the linguistic analysis at the textual level, findings have shed light on these women's concerns, worries and realities. Overall, my research is concerned with language and how language is used by individuals who are part of a socio-cultural scenario. Even though I am particularly interested in online discourse and multimodal communication, I am also driven by the connections between language, ideology, power and identity. This explains why I have investigated several online platforms (namely online forums and WhatsApp) by connecting the discourse used therein to issues of power imbalance or gender identities, to name a few. Furthermore, I am also interested in digital discourse and communication as key components of online education, fields I have been involved with in professional terms for the last ten years. Professionally speaking, I have lectured at several universities. Quite recently, I lectured at the MA in Bilingual Education at Nebrija University, where I was also in charge of International Relationships at the Faculty of Languages and Education. I also work as a speaking examiner (up to CAE) for Cambridge ESOL Examinations. You can check my online website ( to gather information about my research (relevant publications, talks & conferences, academic activities I am involved with, etc) and about my teaching experience. Don’t hesitate to contact me with comments, suggestions or anything you want to share with me.  Thanks!



Regne Unit, 2012

Universitat o centre de destinació

Lancaster University

Estudis cursats amb la beca

MA Discourse Studies

Especialitat dels estudis cursats amb la beca


Universitat d'origen

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Especialitat d'origen


Pròximes Activitats