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Peter Snow
P: 9072620357
Location: Walter E. Ward Building (WWD)
Campus: University of Alaska Anchorage

Peter Snow

Associate Professor and Admin. of Elementary Education

Office Location

Walter E. Ward Building (WWD) 209

Office Hours

  • Tuesday - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday - 09:00 am - 12:00 pm


Pete Snow is an applied linguist who works at the crossroads of linguistics and anthropology and focuses on ethnographic approaches to the functions of language in the classroom. He oversees the University of Alaska Anchorage Bachelor of Arts programs in Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Kenai Peninsula College and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on a range of topics in education.  His dissertation and early research focused on language contact and the language socialization of creole-speaking children on the Panamanian island of Bastimentos. He is currently investigating the potential links between climate change and the rapidly accelerating physical, cultural, and linguistic erosion in Alaska Native communities.


  • Applied linguistics;
  • Language socialization;
  • Language contact;
  • Language endangerment and revitalization;
  • Creole languages;
  • Functions of language in the classroom.


  • 2004 - Ph.D. Applied Linguistics from University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1997 - M.A. Education from University of New Mexico
  • 1990 - B.A. English from Middlebury College


  • English in Panama. T. Hopkins and K. Decker (Eds.), World Englishes - Volume 3 - Central America. London: Continuum Publishing Group. - 2013
  • Evaluating ELL Students in Alaskan Classrooms: Ethnographic Methods for Teachers. Accepted for presentation at Bilingual Multicultural Education/Equity Conference; STEAM: The Wisdom of Our Languages and Cultures. Anchorage, AK. - 2013
  • Understanding Linguistic Diversity in Alaskan Communities: Ethnographic Methods Training for Teachers. Presented at Lilly Arctic Institute on Innovations and Excellence in Teaching and Learning, University of Alaska, Bristol Bay Campus, Dillingham, AK. - 2013
  • Creole. J. Garrigus (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Caribbean. New York: Facts on File. - 2012
  • Kate Menken and Ofelia GarcĂ­a, Eds. Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers. Philadelphia: Routledge, 2010. Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 4, 2010. ID Number: 16185. - 2010
  • Learning from Experience: Evaluating a Recently Implemented ESL Field Experience for Pre-Service Teachers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia TESOL Association, Virginia Beach, VA. - 2009
  • Alexandre DuchĂȘne and Monica Heller, Eds. Discourses of Endangerment: Ideology and Interest in the Defense of Languages. London: Continuum, 2007. Discourse & Communication, 2: 465-468. - 2008
  • Vernacular Shift: Language and the Built Environment in Bastimentos, Panama. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 14, 1 & 2: 161-182. Special Issue: Caribbeanist Anthropologies at the Crossroads: Revisiting Themes, Revising Concepts. - 2007
  • Understanding Linguistic Diversity in Caribbean Classrooms: Ethnographic Methods for Teachers. In M. George and S. Scatolini (Eds.), Rethinking Education in the Caribbean, 145-149. Philipsburg, St. Martin: St. Martin Studies. - 2006
  • Claire Lefebvre. Issues in the Study of Pidgin and Creole Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2004. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28: 638-639. - 2006