Associate Professor (Communication), Future University Hakodate

Faculty of Systems Information Science, Center for Meta-Learning

116-2 Kameda-Nakano, Hakodate, Hokkaido,041-0803, Japan

Tel: (+81) 0138-34-6522 / Email: rivers[AT]fun.ac.jp

Upcoming Activities
Rivers, D.J. (2016, July). White Nationalist Discourse on Hip-Hop: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Otherness Construction. Paper presented at the Third ISA Forum on Sociology, The University of Vienna, Austria.
Rivers, D.J. (2016, August). Intergroup Encounters in English Language Learning: Modeling the Impact of National Identification. Paper presented at the Psychology of Language Learning 2 (PLL2) International Conference, The University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Rivers, D.J. (2016, August). Constructing Ideological Opposition to the Native-Speaker English Teacher. Paper presented at the Twenty-Sixth European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) International Conference, The University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
Rivers, D.J. (2016, December). The Omnipresent Other: National Identity in English Language Learning. Paper presented at the Seventh Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2016, December). Discourses, Cultures and Memberships: Constructions of Authenticity in Hip-Hop. Paper presented at the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) Annual Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Ross, A.S. and Rivers, D.J. (2016, December). Memes as Sociocognitive Political Participation in the U.S Presidential Election. Paper presented at the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) Annual Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2016, December). Superordinate Categorizations of English Teacher Desirability. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistic Association of Australia (ALAA) Annual Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Ross, A.S. and Rivers, D.J. (2016, December). Problematizing Pride in Applied Linguistics and Language Education. Paper presented at the Applied Linguistic Association of Australia (ALAA) Annual Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Research Themes
  • Communication, Discourse and Creative Media
  • Critical Applied Linguistics and Alternative Pedagogies
  • Discursive Representations of the Self and Other
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Ethnicity and Ethnic Categorizations
  • Institutional Discourse and Performance
  • National Identity and Politics of the Nation-State
  • Native Speaker Concept
  • Principles of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)
  • Psychology of Intergroup Communication

Research Awards
  • 2014-2018. [$25,600 USD]. The Representational Parameters of the Native Speaker in Japanese Higher Education  [日本の高等教育における「ネイティブスピーカー」の概念の規定要因]. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Kakenhi Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No: 26770193). Principal Investigator.
  • 2012-2015. [$38,000 USD]. Native-Speakerism and Beyond: Constructing the Vision of the Post-Native-Speakerist Language Teacher  [「ネイティブスピーカー」信仰を超えて]. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Kakenhi Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No: 24520627). Co-Investigator.
  • 2010-2012. [$4,365 USD]. Exploring Stakeholder Contributions to the Internationalization of Japanese Higher Education. Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. Co-Investigator.
  • 2009-2011. [$4,799 USD]. Implicating the Role of Japanese National Identification: National Vitality, Community Appeal and Attitudes Toward English Language Learning in Context. Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. Principal Investigator. Publication PDF
Book Publications (internationally peer-reviewed)
  • Ross, A.S. and Rivers, D.J. (Eds.) (2017). The Sociolinguistics of Hip-Hop as Critical Conscience: Dissatisfaction and Dissent. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Houghton, S.A., Rivers, D.J. and Hashimoto, K. (2017). Beyond Native-Speakerism: Current Explorations and Future Visions. New York: Routledge.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2016). The Role of Japanese National Identification in English Language Learning Motivation. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

  • Rivers, D.J. and Zotzmann, K. (Eds.) (2016). Isms in Language Education: Oppression, Intersectionality and Emancipation. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
  • Rivers, D.J. (Ed.) (2015). Resistance to the Known: Counter-Conduct in Language Education. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. Review
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (Eds.) (2013). Social Identities and Multiple Selves in Foreign Language Education. London and New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Houghton, S.A. and Rivers, D.J. (Eds.) (2013). Native-Speakerism in Japan: Intergroup Dynamics in Foreign Language Education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.
Book Chapter Publications (internationally peer-reviewed)
Journal Publications (internationally peer-reviewed)
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2013). Idealized English Teachers: The Implicit Influence of Race in Japan. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 12(5): 321-339. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Labour Contract Law Amendments: Recruitment Indicative of Change? The Language Teacher, 37(1): 68-71. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012). Modeling the Perceived Value of Compulsory English Language Education in Undergraduate Non-Language Majors of Japanese Nationality. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 33(3): 251-267. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Evaluating the Self and the Other: Imagined Intercultural Contact within a Native-Speaker Dependent Foreign Language Context. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35(6): 842-852. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Intercultural Processes in Accented English. World Englishes, 30(3): 375-391. PDF
  • McMillan, B.A. and Rivers, D.J. (2011). The Practice of Policy: Teacher Attitudes Toward "English-Only". System, 39(2): 251-263. PDF
  • Rivers D.J. (2011). Strategies and Struggles in the ELT Classroom: Language Policy, Learner Autonomy and Innovative Practice. Language Awareness, 20(1): 31-43. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Japanese National Identification and English Language Learning Processes. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35(1): 111-123. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Politics without Pedagogy: Questioning Linguistic Exclusion. ELT Journal, 65(2): 103-113. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). Implicating the Role of Japanese National Identification: National Vitality, Community Appeal and Attitudes Toward English Language Learning in Context. Studies in Linguistics and Language Teaching, 21: 101-122. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). Ideologies of Internationalisation and the Treatment of Diversity within Japanese Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 32(5): 441-454. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). National Identification and Intercultural Relations in Foreign Language Learning. Language and Intercultural Communication, 10(4): 318-336. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010). An Exploration of On-Task Language Policy and Student Satisfaction. ELT Journal, 64(3): 261-271. PDF
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009). Utilizing the Quick Response (QR) Code within the Japanese EFL Environment. JALT CALL Journal, 5(2): 15-28. PDF
Conference Presentations (internationally peer-reviewed or invited)
  • Rivers, D.J. (2016, August). Intergroup Encounters in English Language Learning: Modeling the Impact of National Identification. Paper presented at the Psychology of Language Learning 2 (PLL2) International Conference, The University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2016, August). Constructing Ideological Opposition to the Native-Speaker English Teacher. Paper presented at the Twenty-Sixth European Second Language Association (EUROSLA) International Conference, The University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2016, July). White Nationalist Discourse on Hip-Hop: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Otherness Construction. Paper presented at the Third ISA Forum on Sociology, The University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2015, December). Student Storytellers: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Reconfiguration of English as Communication. Paper presented at the International Conference on the Development of English Across the Curriculum (EAC2015), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Ross, A.S. and Rivers, D.J. (2015, December). Shared Territory: Making Room for Emotion and Cognition in Applied Linguistics. Paper presented at the fourth combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ), The University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2015, December). Should we Listen to Students who Demand Native-Speaker Teachers? Paper presented at the fourth combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA), the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) and the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ), The University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Rivers, D.J., Rajagopalan, K. and Liang, S. (2015, June). Beyond Bifurcation: Language Speakers as Complex Individuals. Panel session presented at the Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centering and (De)standardization International Conference, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Ross, A.S. and Rivers, D.J. (2015, June). Australian Hip-Hop: Maintaining Voice and Representing Place. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centering and (De)standardization International Conference, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2015, June). The Validity of Victimhood in Native and Non-Native Discourse. Paper presented at the Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centering and (De)standardization International Conference, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2015, March). Discursive Representations of the Native Speaker as Qualification for Employment. Roundtable paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2015 Conference, Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Canada.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2015, March). Speakerhood Status, Institutional Discourse and Voices from the Inside: An Exploration of the Native-Speaker Criterion and Native-Speakerism in Japanese Higher Education. Invited plenary talk presented at The Center for English as a Lingua Franca Forum: Language Teaching in the Asian Context, Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014, December). The Discourse of Desire and sought after Skills in Language Teacher Recruitment. Paper presented at the Sixth Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014, September). Trainee Teacher Narratives: Native-Speakerism in the Japanese Context. Paper presented at the Second International Symposium on Native-Speakerism, Saga University, Saga, Japan.
  • Houghton, S.A., Rivers, D.J., Hashimoto, K. and Kirkpatrick, A. (2014, August). Native-Speakerism and Beyond: Constructing the Vision of the Post-Native-Speakerist Language Teacher. Panel session presented at the AILA World Congress 2014, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014, August). Narrative Explorations of the Burden of Speakerhood. Paper presented at the AILA World Congress 2014, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2014, March). Teaching English in Japan: Cognitive Appraisals of Race and Native-Speakerhood. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2014 Conference, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland (OR), USA.
  • Rajagopalan, K. and Rivers, D.J. (2013, September). Language as a Political Construct. Colloquium session presented at the Seventh Annual International Free Linguistics Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013, September). Native-Speaker Necessity in TESOL: Enslavement, Indoctrination or Legitimate Choice? Paper presented at the Seventh Annual International Free Linguistics Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013, June). Native-Speaker Dependency: The Validity of Student Preference. Paper presented at the JAFAE (Japanese Association for Asian Englishes) Thirty-Second National Conference, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012, December). The Properties and Parameters of Native-Speakerism in Japan. Invited keynote lecture presented at the Japanese Association for Asian Englishes (JAFAE) Thirty-First National Conference, Bunkyo Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012, December). The Cultural Complexities of Native-English Speaker Teacher Identities. Paper presented at the Fifth Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Ross, A.S. (2012, December). Racialized Dimensions of Desirable English Language Teachers in Japan. Poster presented at the Fifth Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J., Houghton, S.A. and Petrie, D. (2012, April). Explorations of Native-Speakerism in Foreign Language Teaching. Panel session presented at the International Conference on Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University (CALPIU 12), Roskilde University, Denmark.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012, April). Voices of the Voiceless: A Quest for Liberation and Transformation in Context. Paper presented at the International Conference on Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University (CALPIU 12), Roskilde University, Denmark.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2011, August). Exercising Academic Freedom: Pursuing Research in Contentious Areas of ELT. Paper presented at the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET) Fiftieth Commemorative International Convention, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2011, July). Censorship and Academic Freedom in ELT Research: Implications for Practitioner Motivation. Paper presented at the College and University Educators (CUE) 2011 Annual Conference, Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011, July). National Selves and National Others: Motivational Processes in Intercultural Contexts. Paper presented at the College and University Educators (CUE) 2011 Annual Conference, Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, December). The Role of Intercultural Contact in Foreign Language Learner Motivation. Paper presented at the Fourth Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, November). Implicating the Role of Japanese National Identification: National Vitality, Community Appeal, and Attitudes toward English Language Learning in Context. Paper presented at the Sixth Seminar Session of the Research Institute of Language Studies and Language Education, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, July). Institutional Power and Nationality based Language Policy. Paper presented virtually at the Tenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organisations, HEC, School of Commercial Studies, Montréal, Canada.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, July). An Analysis of the Global 30 Project: Internationalism in Japanese Higher Education. Paper presented virtually at the Tenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (2010, July). The Peripheralization of Foreign Academics in Japanese Higher Education. Paper presented virtually at the Tenth International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, June). Examining Institutional Language Policy through Learner Empowerment and Awareness. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.
  • Rivers, D.J. and Houghton, S.A. (2010, June). Defending against English Linguistic Imperialism in the International University: Contradictions between Theory and Practice. Paper presented at the Sixteenth International Conference of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2010, April). The Internationalization of Japanese Higher Education: Implications for 2012 and Beyond. Paper presented at the Inaugural APEC-RELC International Seminar, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, November). Towards Optimum Target Language and First Language use through Reflection. Paper presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching [JALT] Thirty-fifth Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Expo, Granship Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, November). Engaging Students with First Language Supported Materials. Paper presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) Thirty-fifth Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Expo, Granship Shizuoka, Shizuoka, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, October). Japanese Evaluations of Accented English Speech. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Association of World Englishes Conference. Park Lane International Hotel, Cebu, Philippines.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, September). The Motivational Factors which Shape Intended Foreign Language Learning Efforts. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2009, September). English-Mainly: Language Choice in Learner-to-Learner Discourse. Paper presented at the Fifteenth International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies Conference, Kumamoto Gakuen University, Kumamoto, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, August). The Provision of First Language Supported Classroom Materials: Help or Hindrance? Paper presented at the Seventh Asia TEFL International Conference at the Twenty-Ninth Thai TESOL Conference, Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2009, July). First Language use and Embodied Completion in the Achievement and Maintenance of Intersubjectivity. Poster presented at the Eleventh Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences, Tokyo Denki University, Saitama, Japan.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, June). From Knowing and Remembering to Analyzing and Researching: The Challenges and Changes facing Japanese University Freshmen. Paper presented at the Independent Learning Association Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2009, June). The Borderless Classroom: Quick Response Codes and Mobile Tagging. Paper presented at the Independent Learning Association Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2008, December). TBLT from an Experiential Perspective: Student Satisfaction Assessed through the Completion of a Campus Video Project. Paper presented at the Third Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2008, December). The Function of the First Language in the EFL Classroom. Paper presented at the Third Centre for Language Studies International Conference (CLaSIC), National University of Singapore, Singapore.
  • Rivers, D.J. and McMillan, B.A. (2008, November). University Teacher Perceptions of the Communicative Approach to Language Teaching. Paper presented at the Japan Association for Language Teaching [JALT] Thirty-Fourth Annual International Conference, National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo, Japan.
Book Reviews
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014). Scientific Discourse and the Rhetoric of Globalization: The Impact of Culture and Language by Carmen Perez-Llantada [Bloomsbury, 2013]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/pubs/reviews/get-review.cfm?SubID=35645019.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2014). Asia for the Asians: China in the Lives of Five Meiji Japanese by Paula Harrell [University of Hawai'i Press, 2012]. Asian Studies Review, 38(4): 701-703.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Rethinking Narrative Identity: Persona and Perspective edited by Claudia Holler and Martin Klepper [John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/pubs/reviews/get-review.cfm?SubID=14914225.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). English-Medium Instruction at Universities: Global Challenges (Multilingual Matters Series) edited by Aintzane Doiz, David Lasagabaster and Juan Manuel Sierra [Multilingual Matters, 2013]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/issues/24/24-832.html.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2013). Developing Criticality in Practice Through Foreign Language Education (Intercultural Studies and Foreign Language Learning Series) by Stephanie Houghton and Etsuko Yamada [Peter Lang, 2012]. Language and Intercultural Communication, 13(1): 113-116.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012). The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-Existence (Worlds of English Series) edited by Ann Hewings and Caroline Tagg [Routledge, 2012]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-4486.html.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2012). Identity Formation in Globalizing Contexts: Language Learning in the New Millennium (Language and Social Processes Series) edited by Christina Higgins [De Gruyter Mouton, 2011]. The LINGUIST List. http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-3196.html.
  • Rivers, D.J. (2011). Reimagining Japanese Education: Borders, Transfers, Circulations, and the Comparative (Oxford Studies in Comparative Education Series) edited by David Blake Willis and Jeremy Rappleye [Symposium Books, 2011]. Australian Universities Review 53(2): 118-122.
Editorial Roles
Media Citations
  • Hospitality Knocks: Probing Japan's Yen for Foreign Exchange. Are Nationalistic and Financial Concerns Driving Internationalisation Plans? by John Morgan. The Times Higher Education (2011, March 3rd). Interview given in response to Rivers, D.J. (2010). Ideologies of Internationalisation and the Treatment of Diversity within Japanese Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management 32(5): 441-454. Article PDF
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