Catherine Tebaldi is a PhD Candidate at the University of Massachusetts and a member of the Sociolinguistics Lab at University College London. Using digital and traditional ethnography, her dissertation explores ideologies of gender, education, and language across a broad spectrum of right-wing educators, from conservative public school teachers to Christian nationalist homeschooling mothers.
Her research interests include language, nationalism and education in the United States and France. Catherine’s publications include “Speaking Post-Truth to Power” about far-right appropriation of critical pedagogy, and “Je Suis Sir Cornflakes” about how french spelling reforms became a site for white nationalist conspiracy.
Her most recent paper, “Metapolitical Seduction: white nationalist women’s language and far right metapolitics” was chosen as a 2021 notable graduate student essay by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology.