Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
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Sage Lambert Graham

Associate Professor
Phone: (901) 678-5244
Office: Patterson 437


B.A., 1989, Rhodes College
M.A., 1995, University of Memphis
Ph.D., 2003, Georgetown University

Academic Summary

Using language as an analytical lens, Dr. Graham’s research explores causes of misunderstanding and conflict in computer-mediated communication, patterns of identity construction through language choices, and discourse of professional communicative practices. Her publications address topics such as gendered language use in religious contexts, (im)politeness in computer-mediated Communities of Practice, computer-mediated identity construction in a range of computer modalities, and power negotiation and misunderstanding in medical and social work practices.

Select Publications


  • Locher, Miriam A. and Sage Lambert Graham (eds.) (2010) Interpersonal Pragmatics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Book Chapters

  • Graham, S. (2005) “Cyberparish: Gendered identity construction in an online religious community.” In Jule, A. (Ed.) Gender and the Language of Religion. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 133 – 150

  • Graham, S. (2007a). “‘Do Unto Others’: Gender and the Construction of a ‘Good Christian’ Identity in an e-community.” In Jule, A. (Ed.) Language and Religious Identity: Women in Discourse. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 73 – 103

  • Graham, S. (2008a) “A Manual for (Im)politeness?: The impact of the FAQ in e-community formation and socialization.” In Bousfield, D. and Locher, M. (Eds.) Impoliteness in Language. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 281 - 304

  • Graham, S. (forthcoming) “Relationality, Friendship and Identity.” In Georgakopoulou, A. and Spiloti, T. (Eds.) Handbook of Language and Digital Communication.  Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • Graham, S. (2007b). “Disagreeing to Agree: Conflict (Im)politeness and Identity in a Computer-Mediated Community.” Spencer-Oatey, H. and Ruhi, S. (Eds.) Special Issue: Identity Prespectives on Face and (Im)politeness, Journal of Pragmatics 39: 4. pp. 742-759. Edinburgh: Elsevier.

  • Popham, S. and Graham, S. (2008b). “A Structural Analysis of Coherence in Electronic Charts in Juvenile Mental Health.” Technical Communication Quarterly 17: 2 pp. 149 – 172. Mahwah, NJ: Laurence Erlbaum Associates (LEA).

  • Graham, S. (2009). “Hospitalk: Politeness and Hierarchical Structures in Interdisciplinary Discharge Rounds. Journal of Politeness Research 5:1. pp. 11 – 31. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

  • Graham, S. (2011). “Diversity in Healthcare: The Intersection of Language, Communication, and Health Equality in Tennessee.” Tennessee Board of Regents Research conference proceedings.

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