Carnegie Mellon University

Khaled  Al Masaeed

Khaled Al Masaeed

Associate Professor of SLA & Arabic Studies
Coordinator of Arabic Studies

341 Posner Hall
Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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


I am an applied linguist and I conduct research 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 research interests include multilingual and multidialectal translanguaging and second language pragmatics. Some of my recent publications in this domain have appeared in peer-reviewed venues such as Applied Linguistics, The Modern Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, System, etc. And my efforts to share the work I do go beyond publishing venues, and have included lecturing, giving paper presentations, and serving on PhD dissertation committees in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Spain, the UAE, and the UK.

At Carnegie Mellon University, I mentor graduate students in second language acquisition, and teach a variety of courses in Arabic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Applied Multilingual Studies.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, I taught at the University of Arizona, and directed and codirected study abroad programs around the Arab region, including Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco. See my website for more information!

  • 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