Maureen T. Matarese is a professor at BMCC. She has a doctorate from Columbia University and is a linguist with a specialization in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics. She is the U.S. expert on social work interaction (particularly in homeless settings) and the discourse of street-level bureaucrats. She is co-editor of Analysing Social Work Communication: Discourse in Practice and has written articles published in a wide array of journals and books. She is the Vice President of the International Linguistic Association. Hobbies include applying linguistics to pop culture, drinking bourbon neat, stirring up trouble, and objectifying Geoff Klock.