Dr. Rebecca Rubin Damari

Director of Research

Dr. Rebecca Rubin Damari is Director of Research at the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland. She analyzes and reports on data related to the achievements and impact of the STARTALK program, and conducts other studies related to foreign language learning and its importance in our multilingual world. Her prior research addressed interpersonal, intercultural, and bilingual communication in a variety of contexts. She joined the NFLC in 2016.

Dr. Damari earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UMBC, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from the Linguistics Department at Georgetown University, with research focusing on how individuals navigate cultural differences to communicate effectively with each other and to display their identities through their communication. She subsequently was awarded a multi-year research contract as part of DARPA’s largest social science-driven research program to date. As a principal investigator on that program, she conducted research on social interaction in military settings, with the goal of improving training in social interaction for military personnel.

Dr. Damari has taught courses on language, linguistics, and communication, and also has extensive experience writing successful proposals for grant funding for research projects and for programs serving the nonprofit sector. 

Rebecca Damari