Carnegie Mellon University

Khaled  Al Masaeed

Khaled Al Masaeed

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Arabic Studies

Department of Languages, Cultures & Applied Linguistics
4980 Margaret Morrison St
Posner Hall 341
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona
M.A., Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona
M.A., English Education, University of North Carolina–Pembroke
B.A., English Language and Literature, Al al-Bayt University


I work with both graduate and undergraduate students in applied linguistics, applied multilingual studies, second language acquisition and Arabic studies – always on issues of interest to them, eventually of interest to me.

My own research is mainly in the interdisciplinary field of second language acquisition. The crux of my scholarship focuses on underscoring the relationship and inconsistency between language ideologies and everyday actual sociolinguistic practices in societal and individual language use contexts. To this end, my primary reserach interests include multilingual and multidialectal practices and second language pragmatics. Some of my recent publications in this domain have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Applied LinguisticsThe Modern Language JournalForeign Language Annals, System, Frontiers, etc. And my efforts to share the work I do go beyond publishing venues, and have included lecturing, giving research presentations and serving on Ph.D. dissertation committees in Australia, Canada, France, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, Malta, Morocco, Qatar, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, I taught at the University of Arizona and directed and coordinated study abroad programs around the Arab region, including Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

  • Sociolinguistics & Second Language Acquisition
  • Translanguaging (multidialectal and multilingual) Practices
  • Second Language Pragmatics
  • Societal & Individual Multilingualism
  • Language Program Administration
  • 82-888: Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition
  • 82-888: Second Language Pragmatics
  • 82-512 Arabic Language and Identity: A Social Perspective (Arabic & English)
  • 82-412 Topics in Arabic Studies: Spoken & Written Professional Genres (Developed)
  • 82-283 Language Diversity and Cultural Identity (in English)
  • 82-217 Multilingualism & Multiculturalism in the Arab World (Arabic & English)

Department Member Since 2016