For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Greg Niedt

Greg Niedt

Department of Communication
Office: 3201 Arch, Suite 100
Phone: 215.895.2890


  • BA, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, 2007
  • MA, Language and Communication, Georgetown University, 2011

Research Interests:

  • Ethnography of communication
  • Language access and policy
  • Linguistic landscapes and the phenomenology of language
  • Narratives of identity
  • Queer theory (lavender linguistics) and new media
  • Semiotics
  • Social capital structures


My research is centered on the connections between language and identity, the ways those connections manifest in the world, and how they become points of interaction (and conflict) for individuals. I am particularly interested in how these social processes play out among diasporic communities and queer communities. As a linguist who believes in social justice, my hope is that my work will facilitate a deeper understanding of miscommunication, helping to resolve such divisions in order to strengthen freedom of self-expression, diversity, and equality.

"Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." ~ Karl Marx

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Language and Society