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Graduate Student Profile: Daniel Moglen, Linguistics

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (All day)

Meet UC Davis Graduate Student Daniel Moglen

  • Department
  • Program and year of study
  • Previous degrees and colleges
    MA Linguistics, UC Davis
    BA Linguistics, UC Berkeley
  • Where did you grow up?
    Auburn, CA
  • Where do you live now?
    Berkeley, CA
  • What's your favorite spot in Davis?
    Definitely the food co-op
  • How do you relax?
    My main ways to relax include connecting with my friends over food, playing racquetball, maintaining a regular meditation practice, and an occasional yoga class.
  • What was the last book you read for pleasure?
    Grad students get to read a lot, but usually for academic purposes. Over winter break, I read Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg. It’s an amazing and life-changing book!
  • What was the last film you saw at the theater?
    Arrival, of course! The protagonist is a linguist!
  • Research interests
    I’m interested in how social environments impact and shape the social and linguistic development of international graduate students at UC Davis.
  • Dissertation title or topic
    The Social Environment of International Graduate Students: The Tendency Towards Co-Nationalization (Working title)
  • Please share a surprising or noteworthy fact or finding from your research
    International graduate students now make up 26% of the total graduate student population at UC Davis. International students make up more than 40% of the students in 13 different graduate groups.
  • Which professor or class inspired you to pursue graduate studies?
    My Syntax teacher when I was a student at CAL - Dr. Line Mikkelsen. She gave the clearest explanations I have ever encountered about syntax!
  • Which scholarly text do you wish you had written? Why?
    Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed because it challenges traditional pedagogical methods. Education is powerful. Education is a right for every human being.
  • What's the best thing about being a grad student?
    I love the flexible schedule. I feel like I’m in charge of my schedule. And, when else in my life am I going to be so supported in pursuing the topic of my choosing?
  • What's the worst?
    I feel like there is a lack of boundaries between working and not working. Whenever I’m not working on my project, there is a looming feeling of guilt.
  • If you weren't a grad student, what would you be doing?
    I think I would be a massage therapist, traveling around the world.
  • Finally, please ask yourself a question - "What is something that you love so much that you can you talk about endlessly (besides your dissertation)?"
    I love talking about communal living. I currently live in a co-op, and I think that living in community is such a gratifying way to live. By sharing resources, we all live in abundance, and we pay a fraction of what others pay. We get unlimited food for just $5/day. How can you beat that?! Plus there are ample opportunities for socializing and connection. It’s the best! At least, that is what I take myself to be doing.

Graduate student profile courtesy of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science.

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