Alla V. Tovares received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Her research interests include public/private intertextuality in media and everyday discourse, gender discourse, family discourse, dialogicality in literary discourse and everyday conversations. Dr. Tovares is the co-author of How to Write about the Media Today (Greenwood Press, 2010). Her articles have appeared in Text and Talk, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and Narrative Inquiry. She has also contributed a chapter to the book Family Talk: Discourse and Identity in Four American Families(Oxford University press, 2008). Dr. Tovares is currently interested in discursive features, specifically internal polemic, of endurance athletes' self-talk. She also researches the life and work of the renowned African American theater actor Ira Aldridge.
Dr. Tovares has presented scholarly papers at professional meetings in the United States and abroad. Before joining the faculty of Howard University in 2006, Dr. Tovares was a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University and American University where she taught Ethnography of Communication; Language and Social Life; Women, Men, and Language and other classes.