Identity Negotiation of International Women in Higher Education: Language and Culture in Focus


The role of women in academia and especially in STEM fields has been receiving more and more attention among researchers, however few studies used a quantitative approach and considered the experiences of international women across various disciplines in relation to identity negotiation. This study examines the experiences of foreign-born female faculty living and teaching in the United States through a survey of international women in academia. We explore how they negotiate their ethnic, cultural, and linguistic identity while fulfilling their role in academia. The variables under consideration in this quantitative study include bicultural identity, ethnic pride, language maintenance, language attitudes, and code-switching. Our findings indicate that international women faculty in our study feel strong connection to their place of origin and their native language and culture although length of residence in the United States and U.S. citizenship play a role in the perception of their biculturality. Our respondents’ positive attitudes towards native language correlate with ethnic pride and language maintenance, which also strongly correlate with each other. Finally, international women faculty in arts, humanities, and social sciences appear to exhibit more positive attitudes towards English and their native language, more ethnic pride, and more interest in native language maintenance compared with their counterparts in STEM fields.

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Tatiana Artamonova, Sam Houston State University, United States
Anya Hommadova Lu, Sam Houston State University, United States
Kristen Karnes Hester, Sam Houston State University, United States

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Conference: ACSS2023
Stream: Ethnicity

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Artamonova T., Lu A., & Hester K. (2023) Identity Negotiation of International Women in Higher Education: Language and Culture in Focus ISSN: 2186-2303 – The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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