Kelsi and Keri

Hi, we’re Keri and Kelsi Matwick, identical twin sisters and linguists who have are passionate about language, food, and culture. In this space, we write about a range of topics–cookbooks, cooking shows, tourism, etc.– all centered around food and language and their dialogue with culture and society.

We currently teach academic writing in the University Writing Program (UWP) and food writing in the College of Journalism and Communication at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. We are experienced teaching both in the class and online.

We received PhDs in Linguistics at the University of Florida (2016). Kelsi’s dissertation examined language and gender in cookbooks by female celebrity chefs while Keri’s examined storytelling and performance on cooking shows.

Our initial education training is in Spanish language and literature with a BA and MA from the University of Notre Dame. We have studied abroad in Spain on several occasions and have traveled extensively to other Spanish-speaking countries. We also studied French, art, and history in Paris, and researched second language acquisition in Montpellier, France. We will research and teach English for Tourism in Tegulcigalpa, Honduras, for Keri’s Fulbright Scholar Fellowship for 6 months in 2018.

We have eight years of teaching at the undergraduate level: two years of Spanish and six of English Academic Writing and Professional Communication. We have a Foreign Language Teaching Certificate and a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate.

We are United States Air Force veterans and served active duty as Personnel Officers at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska, 2005-2008. We worked with an F-16 jet squadron and the base personnel center. We were Reservists until 2015 when we separated as Captains (O-3).

We are skilled at web design and earned a graduate certificate in Web Design and Online Communication at the University of Florida, 2016.

We are musicians and have performed violin and piano duets many weddings and ceremonies.

Specialties: discourse analysis; media and cultural studies; writing development; cookbooks, cooking, and food!