Gabriele Kasper, Professor in the UH Department of Second Language Studies, is series editor of the NFLRC sponsored publications on Pragmatics. She teaches and conducts research on multilingual speakers’ participation in social interaction from the perspective of conversation analysis and related discursive approaches. She is interested in the organization of institutional talk, the discursive production of identities, the visibly social side of cognition, affect, and learning, and the development of interactional competencies. Her contributions to research methodology in second language studies include early publications on verbal protocols and speech act pragmatics. Recently she has been concerned with methodological questions in the application of conversation analysis to second language talk and standard research methods.