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Shonna Trinch

Visiting Professor of Law

B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh


Professor Trinch is visiting Brooklyn Law School from the Department of Anthropology at John Jay College, where she teaches linguistic anthropology as an Associate Professor. Her scholarship focuses on sociolinguistics, the ethnography of speaking, and the correlation between domestic violence and sexual assault and narrative and testimony. She has written extensively on these topics, publishing articles in the International Journal of Speech, Language, and the Law and Language and Society, as well as a book in 2003 entitled Latinas’ Narratives of Domestic Abuse: Discrepant Versions of Violence. Professor Trinch has also taught at Florida State University and the University of Pittsburg. In addition to her academic endeavors, Professor Trinch is a member of several anthropological and language associations. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in Portuguese.