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IGALA Elections 2023

International Gender and Language Association (IGALA)
elections for Executive Board posts

Please read through the candidates' bios and personal statements before clicking on the voting button at the bottom of the page

The following Board posts are currently open for election:

Communications Officer


Candidate: Farieda Zulaikha

Statement: Dear IGALA, I am Farieda Ilhami Zulaikha, a first-year Ph.D. student in Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. My previous work experiences mostly related to media and public relations. Three years as a radio broadcaster and one year as a reporter on a local TV station in Indonesia made me an effective communicator. I also worked for NGO as a regional coordinator that was responsible for writing proposals and letters to the targeted audience and ensuring that all communications material aligned with the company’s standards. In an NGO such as this one, effective communication is vital. I have demonstrated a knack for dealing with crises using in a timely and calm manner. I also worked together with the team to discuss and refine the communication strategies. So, I am fully aware of the importance of delivering the appropriate message to the right audience at the right time. You will find me energetic and motivated to produce great outcomes. I will give my best as IGALA’s communications officer. Sincerely, Farieda

Bio: Farieda Ilhami Zulaikha is a sociocultural linguist and a first-year Ph.D. student in Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. Her research interests are gender, sexuality, and social structures. Her dissertation will be about gender-based harassment in three public schools in Indonesia. Focusing on how anti-bullying policies constructs subjectivities while either maintaining or reconstructing hegemonic norm in Indonesia. Farieda’s research is supported by Australian Awards. Prior to arriving at the University of Sydney, Farieda completed a Master’s Degree from Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia as a linguist. He was a recipient of the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (known as LPDP). Before starting her Ph.D. at the University of Sydney, she worked as a lecturer and actively engaged in the prevention of sexual violence against women in collaboration with local communities.



Candidate: Scott Burnett

Statement: I would be honoured to serve as secretary of IGALA, an association I have been an active member of since 2016. For me, IGALA is an important bulwark against the rising tide of anti-'gender' discourse both in the public sphere and within the university. As secretary of IGALA, I would ensure that our institution continues to be as resilient as possible, serving as a reliable resource that is responsive to member needs and requests, and efficiently run in its annual business.

Bio: Scott Burnett is the current communications officer of IGALA, and an assistant professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. His research includes critical studies of masculinism in the white supremacist ‘alt-right’ online. He is the author of White Belongings: Race, Land, and Property in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Lexington Books, 2022) and of numerous single- and co-authored articles in journals including Men and Masculinities; Sexualities; Critical Discourse Studies; Discourse, Context and Media; and ACME.


Candidate: Sonja Lanehart

Statement: It would be an honor and privilege to serve as IGALA’s Vice-President/President-Elect. IGALA is an important organization in language and linguistics scholarship as well as gender, gender identity, and sexuality. Though I have not been particularly involved in IGALA given my scholarship, that is part of the reason why I am interested in serving: As a Black woman sociolinguist from the South, I’d like to see more representation and engagement of Women and Nonbinary Scholars of Color in IGALA leadership, publications, peer review, service, and more. As a leader among Black language and linguistics scholars and scholarship, I think I can help bridge the gap that has existed between IGALA and Communities of Color. IGALA has an opportunity to be more inclusive and responsive to research, emerging scholars, and society. As someone very interested in mentoring and mentoring Emerging Scholars of Color in particular, I see many opportunities where my past and current leadership experiences (e.g., LSA Executive Committee, NCTE Research Foundation, conference organizer, etc.) can be useful in working with serving and expanding the IGALA community.

Bio: Sonja Lanehart is Professor of Linguistics; Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies; and Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. Her scholarship focuses on language and education in African American and Black communities; language and identity; sociolinguistics; raciolinguistics, and critical sociolinguistics from Black Feminisms, Critical Race Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, and Intersectionality perspectives. She is particularly interested in African American Women’s Language and pushing the boundaries of research in socio/linguistics, language variation, and education to be anti–racist, inclusive, diverse, and equitable in the fight for social and linguistic justice. Her publications include Sista, Speak! Black Women Kinfolk Talk about Language and Literacy (2002); African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education, and Identity (ed., 2009); The Oxford Handbook of African American Language (ed., 2015); and Language in African American Communities (2023).

Candidate: Lucy Jones

Statement: I have been a member of IGALA since 2006 and a regular delegate at IGALA conferences. My research expertise sits squarely within the field of language, gender and sexuality; I use linguistic ethnography to analyse LGBTQ+ identity construction, and critical discourse analysis to explore sexism, homophobia and transphobia in online and traditional media. I also recently wrote the latest annual review for Gender and Language journal. I believe I am well placed to continue the excellent work of the current IGALA committee, having previously been a member of the Advisory Board; I first joined in 2015 as an Ordinary Member and later took on the Communications Officer role (including creating a new website and social media strategy) until 2021. In addition, I have expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion through my institutional role at the University of Nottingham, which includes responsibility for LGBTQ+ policy and strategy. I would like to bring this experience to the role of President-Elect of IGALA with a view to examining current processes and ensuring that our overall organisation, as well as our conferences and communications, are as inclusive as possible. I would be honoured to take on this role and ask for your vote to allow me to continue to develop IGALA for all our members and the wider language, gender and sexuality community.


Bio: Dr Lucy Jones is Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics at the University of Nottingham. She is a discourse analyst and linguistic ethnographer working on a range of topics relevant to language, gender and sexuality. Her published research includes normativity and identity construction amongst LGBTQ+ youth, homophobic discourse in relation to same-sex marriage and HIV prevention, analysis of YouTube videos by trans vloggers, and older lesbians’ identity construction. Her current projects include a study of identity and intersectionality in British LGBT+ youth groups and critical discourse analysis of how trans athletes in elite sport are represented within the news media.

Note that only current IGALA members are eligible to vote.

Please contact if you need to check your membership status.

Monday, July 10 – Elections open
Friday, August 4 – Elections close


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