Abdesalam Soudi earned his PhD in sociolinguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the human-computer interface in doctors’ consultations, cultural and linguistic diversity and humanities in Health. In 2014, he completed the Speaking in the Disciplines Fellowship. Recently, Soudi won the inaugural 2017 Diversity in the Curriculum Award.
Soudi holds a full-time faculty appointment with the department of Linguistics in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Global Studies and Medical Humanities at Pitt, as well as with Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He is also a Fellow with the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare. Soudi co-directs a Masters-level cultural and linguistic competency course, and he serves as the advisor for the Linguistic Internship at the University of Pittsburgh; a program he created in 2012 to connect linguistics to the community and industry. He serves as a panelist on several Fulbright committees and study abroad scholarships at Pitt.
In 2016, Soudi spearheaded a unique, collaborative work with the Departments of Linguistics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine to design and host a first-ever Humanities in Health Conference at Pitt as part of the Provost’s Year of the Humanities Initiative. He chaired in 2017 another conference on “Cultural and Linguistic diversity: Living and Working Together”. As part of the conference, he produced and directed a short documentary on the meaning and value of diversity.
Soudi has published his research in several journals and presented it in national and international conferences. He is an expert in conversation analysis, human-computer interface, Arabic linguistics, forensic linguistics/statement analysis, cross-cultural communication, interpreter-mediated discourse analysis, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and cultural and linguistic competency education. He is very passionate about humanities and social sciences and believes that they are crucial to an informed and engaged society.