Gina is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Comparative Culture and Language program, focusing primarily on conceptualizations of body part terms in culturally specific ways and figurative language in foreign language instruction. Although her main research interests lie in the area of cognitive linguistics and cultural linguistics (cross-cultural semantics and lexicology, human body metaphors, emotion metaphors, the universality of metaphors and variation in metaphor both across and within cultures), she is also interested in semantic change, etymology, grammaticalization, pragmaticalization, and discourse markers. Gina also serves as a Graduate Teaching Associate of Linguistics for ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures. Prior to her arrival at ASU, Gina served as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Modern Greek Studies and Classical Philology at the University of Bucharest, Romania, where she taught Modern Greek. She did one Master’s thesis on qualitative classifiers in old Romanian documents (16th-18th centuries) (written in Romanian) and another on idioms about the human body in Modern Greek and Romanian (written in Modern Greek), both at the University of Bucharest.



  • Ph.D. in Comparative Culture and Language | Semantics, Arizona State University (2019 – in progress)

  • M.A. in Advanced Studies in Linguistics, University of Bucharest, Romania (2016)

  • M.A. in Latin-Romance Translation Studies | Modern Greek, University of Bucharest (2016)

  • B.A. in Modern Greek and Romanian Philology, University of Bucharest (2014)

  • B.A. in English and Arabic Philology, Spiru Haret University (2009)

Additional Education:

  • The 27th Central European Summer School in Generative Grammar (EGG), 2021

  • The 6th Naxos Summer School on Diachronic Linguistics, Language Variation and Change in Ancient and Medieval Europe – Comparing Diachronies, 2021

  • The 4th Summer School of Linguistics “Eugeniu Coșeriu,” 2020

  • The 5th Naxos Summer School on Diachronic Linguistics, 2020

  • Θ.Υ.Ε.Σ.Π.Α., Summer School in Modern Greek Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 2013

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    Member, Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

    Member, Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

    Member, Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA)

    Member, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL)

    Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)

    Member, The Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM)

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