Peter Joseph Torres

peter-torres.jpgVisiting Assistant Professor
Heanon Wilkins Faculty Fellow
BAC 371
(513) 529-5221


  • B.A. in Linguistics and Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles 2015
  • M.A. in Linguistics, University of California, Davis 2017
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of California, Davis 2022

Teaching Interests

  • Linguistics and language structure
  • Socio and applied linguistics
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Discourse and conversation analysis
  • American dialects
  • Bi-/multi-lingualism
  • Second language acquisition
  • Filipino

Research Interests

  • Applied sociolinguistics language policy
  • Corpus linguistics, sociophonetics, discourse analysis, pragmatics
  • Language and issues of gender, race, and culture
  • Language and social media,
  • American dialects Language and health, including issues of pain and opioids
  • Language and body. Doctor-patient interactions

Selected Publications

  • Torres PJ, (Forthcoming). "Modality and interpretive spaces in policies." In B.A. Diaz & R.W. Schrauf (Eds). Applying linguistics in health research, education, and policy: Bench to bedside and back again. De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Torres PJ. (2021), "The role of modals in policies: The US opioid crisis as a case study." Applied Corpus Linguistics.
  • Torres PJ, Henry SG., and Ramanathan V. (2020), "Let's talk about pain and opioids: Low pitch and creak in medical consultations." Discourse Studies 22(2). 174-204.
  • Henry SG, White AE, Magnan EM, Hood-Medland EA, Gosdin M, Kravitz RL, Torres PJ, & Gerwing J. (2020) "Making the most of video-recorded clinical encounters: Optimizing impact and productivity through interdisciplinary teamwork." Patient Education and Counseling 103(10). 2178-2184.
  • Torres, PJ, (2015) "Iráhü táu ában funátu kápa" ("The Boy with a Red Cape"), The International Journal of Garifuna Creative Writing 3(1).

Grants and Awards

  • Jan 2022 - Linguistic Society of America - Elizabeth Dayton Award in Sociolinguistics
  • Aug 2021 - UC Davis Dissertation Year Fellowship 21-22
  • Dec 2020 Linguistic Society of America - Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics Award
  • Dec 2020 - Verilogue Racial Equity in Healthcare-Research for the Public Good Grant

Work in Progress

Peter Torres is currently working on linguistic projects surrounding the opioid crisis, including issues relating to the acoustic perception of pain, and discursive manifestations of inequities (race, gender, among others) in medical interactions.