Department of Humanities
Jelena Runić coordinates the ESL Program and directs the Peabody Writing Center. Runić obtained her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include both theoretical and applied linguistics. In theoretical linguistics, she has worked on the morphosyntax of Slavic, Romance, Balkan, and East Asian languages, by exploring clitics, null arguments, and definiteness, among others. In applied linguistics, she has conducted research on error treatment in academic writing in order to help ESL writers overcome most persistent grammar mistakes. She has also worked on contrastive rhetoric by exploring the representation of the self between East and West. Runić has worked with non-native speakers of English since 1995, in both Serbia and the United States. In addition to ESL, she has taught general linguistics, Romanian, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian languages at the University of Belgrade, Indiana University, and University of Connecticut.