Dr Jenelle Thomas

Modern Languages
Departmental Lecturer in French Linguistics



Academic Background

BA, American University, 2010
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2017 (Romance linguistics) 

Undergraduate Teaching

In Oxford, Dr Thomas teaches contemporary and historical French linguistics and French language. Previous undergraduate teaching includes courses on French and Spanish language, Spanish linguistics, and reading and composition.

Research Interests

Historical sociolinguistics, particularly historical bilingualism and language contact; comparative Romance linguistics, early and late modern French and Spanish.


Forthcoming. “Past tenses in contact in 18th and 19th century French and Spanish.” Proceedings of the Forty-Third Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society.

2017. “Vous êtes hombre de bien”: A study of bilingual family letters to and from colonial Louisiana, 1748-1867. University of California, Berkeley. PhD dissertation


Cooking and baking, yoga, hiking, travel.