Dacota Liska

Doctoral Student


  • Liska, D. (Commissioned; in preparation). [Review of the book Language and media: A resource book for students, by R. H. Jones, S. Jaworska and E. Aslan]. Discourse Studies.
  • Vásquez, C., & Liska, D. (Invited; in preparation). Online Identity and Discourse Analysis. In M. Handford and J. Gee (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Discourse Analysis, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Routledge.  

Current and Ongoing Research:

  • "'The stream has changed to Among Us:' Identity performance on Twitch.tv'" - In this study I am analyzing a U.S. political representative's authenticity and identity (co)construction during a live streaming session of the game Among Us, during which they successfully promoted a political agenda. Analysis takes a poststructuralist perspective to identity following Goffman's dramaturgical theory and presentation of the self. This project is expected to be completed in summer 2021.
  • "Promoting Arabic in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA): Host- grounded Study Abroad Discourse" - A collaborative project analyzing the discourses and identity construction of study abroad programs affiliated with three MENA institutions. Our analysis takes a multimodal critical discourse analytic approach to the linguistic and visual components of these websites using Ledin and Machin's (2020) social semiotic framework and van Dijk's (2001) analytic categories to analyze political and media discourse. This project is expected to be completed in late 2021.
  • "Narrativity in Online Consumer Reviews on Reddit.com" - A collaborative project analyzing online consumer reviews on Reddit.com. Our analysis takes a narrative approach, considering how consumers engage with long-lasting products reviewed in the subReddit /buyitforlife. This project is expected to be completed in late 2021.


To learn more about me and my research, please view my CV.