Director of the Gender Lab — Maria V. Tomskaya, Ph.D., Associate Professor.
In 2000 M. V. Tomskaya received her Ph.D. Her research was devoted to the phenomenon of evaluation in discourse of social advertising. From 2001 to 2012 she held the position of a leading researcher in the Gender Laboratory. She has been the director of the laboratory since 2012. M. Tomskaya has published over 100 papers and is a senior investigator in a number of research projects.
Along with gender aspects of language and communication, she investigates different types of institutionalized discourse and develops research methods to analyze social status, identity, age, and other factors of professional communication. Currently she focuses on various kinds of institutionalized discourse, particularly scientific, legal, and mass media in different cultures and languages. Special attention is paid to the study of communicative strategies related to gender, ethnic, social and other identities of the speaker. Her research is based on theoretical assumptions of both cognitive linguistics and social constructivism that view language as a means of accessing knowledge about non-linguistic phenomena.