Nicholas Faraclas

faraclasnAcademic Degree
PhD, University of California-Berkeley (1989)

Areas of Expertise: Creole Studies, Syntax, Phonology, Applied Linguistics

Contact information

Office location: English Department, Pedreira Building, Office #4
Basement of Pedreira Building, College of Humanities
Office hours: Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm, Saturdays 12:00-1:00 pm and 4:00-5:00 pm, or by appointment.
Phone: (787) 764-0000 ext. 2035
Messages: (787) 764-0000 ext. 2553 (at the English Department office)

Brief biography

Dr. Nicholas Faraclas is of Greek and Romani ancestry and was born in the United States in 1954. His early years were spent in Los Angeles, New Haven, Boston, New Orleans, and San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at the University of New Orleans and Université Paul Valery, Montpellier, France, receiving a BA in Spanish, French and German Education from the University of New Orleans in 1980. He received a National Science Foundation Fellowship, two Fulbright-Hays Fellowships, and a Rotary Fellowship to do graduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and the University of Papua New Guinea, receiving a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Over the past two decades, Dr. Faraclas has taught courses in a wide range of areas in theoretical, descriptive and applied Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Port Harcourt and Calabar in Nigeria, the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Puerto Rico. He has published several books, dozens of chapters in edited volumes, and articles in scholarly journals in Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Creole Studies, African Language Studies, Pacific Language Studies, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics, Language and Power, Literacy, Language Planning, and Language and Globalization. Prof. Faraclas has carried out extensive field research and has worked with communities to promote critical literacy programs in Africa, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean.