Busi Makoni

Busi Makoni

Associate Teaching Professor

112 Willard Building

Phone: (814) 867-3553


Office Hours:

  • Mondays: 12-2pm
  • Wednesdays: 10am-12pm
  • Fridays: 2-4pm
Area(s) of Specialization: Language socialization, Language ideology, Language and law, Language policy and planning, Discourse analysis, Multimodal translanguaging


Busi Makoni (née Dube) holds an MA from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is currently employed as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Program of African Studies and also holds affiliate faculty status in the Department of Applied Linguistics. Her research interests are in African languages; particularly their acquisition as second or heritage languages and their use in courtroom settings. She has conducted research in areas such as feminist critical discourse analysis, language policy and planning and language rights. Some of her research has been published in international journals such as the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, African Cultural Studies, Second Language Research Journal, Language Policy Journal, Current Issues in Language Planning, the International Multilingual Research Journal, and the International Journal of Applied Linguistics.