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Beatrice Szczepek Reed is Head of the School of Education, Communication and Society where she is a Professor of Language and Education. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, as well as Director of King's International Education Research Network (KIERN).

Beatrice joined King's in 2017 from the University of York, where she was Head of the Department of Education. Previously she worked at the University of Nottingham and the University of Konstanz (Germany).


She studies spoken language, particularly the phonetics and phonology of natural conversation, cross-cultural comparisons and institutional interaction, through the approaches of conversation analysis and interactional linguistics.

Specifically, Beatrice has worked on prosodic alignment between speakers in naturally-occurring talk; on word linking in typologically different languages; on speech rhythm in different varieties of English; and on instructional interaction in music masterclasses.

Currently, she is working on language and citizenship issues for Arabic speakers in the UK and on a comparison of interactional mirroring across languages

PhD supervision

Beatrice would be particularly interested to consider PhD proposals in the following areas:

  • language and social interaction
  • phonetics and phonology in naturally occurring talk
  • institutional interaction
  • English pronunciation learning and teaching
  • heritage language maintenance

She has also supervised PhDs in the following areas and would be happy to do so again:

  • intercultural competence
  • study abroad
  • empirical studies of translation and interpreting
  • teacher development

Further information

For further details please see her Research Staff Profile.