Ariel Loring

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Position Title
Writing Specialist

Writing Support Center

2246 Dutton Hall

I started at UC Davis as a linguistics graduate student in 2008. My scholarly background is in applied/sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and development, TESOL, and language and literacy pedagogy. Before joining AATC in 2015, I taught linguistics and linguistic anthropology courses at UC Davis and Sacramento State. I now teach reading/writing workshops, tutor training, and Aggie Connection classes, in addition to working with students one-on-one on their writing process. I am happy to help with any type of writing but am a particularly good resource for research papers and social science writing. I am also a co-author of the Aggie Grammar Guide and facilitate a quarterly book group, open to all students.

Degrees earned:

PhD Linguistics, UC Davis

M.A. Linguistics, UC Davis

B.A. Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz



  • Loring, A. & Ramanathan, V. (Eds.). (2016). Language, immigration, and naturalization: Legal and linguistic issues. Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.


  • Loring, A. (2017). Literacy in citizenship preparatory classes. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 16(3), 172-188
  • Loring, A. (2015). Citizenship policy from the bottom-up: The linguistic and semiotic landscape of a naturalization field office. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 12(3), 161-183.
  • Loring, A. (2015). A grounded approach to citizenship education: Local interplays between government institutions, adult schools, and community events in Sacramento, California. Journal of Social Science Education [special issue], 14(3), 54-65.
  • Loring, A. (2013). The meaning of ‘citizenship’: Tests, policy, and English proficiency. The CATESOL Journal, 24(1), 198-219.


  • Loring, A. & Ramanathan, V. (2018). Global refugee crisis: Literacy concerns and media coverage. In K. A.. Mills, A. Stornaiuolo, A. Smith, & J. Zacher Pandya (Eds.) Handbook of writing, literacies, and education in digital cultures (pp. 99-110). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Loring, A. & Ramanathan, V. (2016). Introduction: Language, immigration, and naturalization: Legal and linguistic issues. In A. Loring & V. Ramanathan (Eds.) Language, immigration, and naturalization: Legal and linguistic issues (pp. 1-24). Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.
  • Loring, A. (2016). Ideologies and collocations of “citizenship” in media discourse: A corpus based critical discourse analysis. In A. Loring & V. Ramanathan (Eds.) Language, immigration, and naturalization: Legal and linguistic issues (pp. 184-206). Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.
  • Loring, A. (2016). Afterword. In A. Loring & V. Ramanathan (Eds.) Language, immigration, and naturalization: Legal and linguistic issues (pp. 207-209). Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.
  • Loring, A. (2016). Positionings of refugees, aliens, and immigrants in the media. In E. M. Feuerherm & V. Ramanathan (Eds.) Refugee resettlement in the United States: Language, policy, pedagogy (pp. 21-34). Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.
  • Loring, A. (2013). Classroom meanings and enactments of citizenship: An ethnographic study. In V. Ramanathan (Ed.) Language policies and (dis)citizenship: Rights, access, pedagogies (pp. 188-208). Tonawanda, NY: Multilingual Matters.


  • Loring, A. (2017). Standardizing diversity: The political economy of language regimes. By Amy H. Liu. Perspectives on Politics, 15(4), 1188-1189.