Umberto Ansaldo

Umberto Ansaldo started his academic path as a student of Chinese language and literature at the University of Venice, Italy, and went on to earn a PhD in linguistics from the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Since then he has been conducting research on languages of East, South, and Southeast Asia with a focus on socio-historical and typological processes. He has also published and edited a number of volumes and articles on Pidgin and Creole languages, their evolution and their historiography. Between 2005 and 2010 Professor Ansaldo led a project that resulted in a comprehensive description and documentation of an endangered contact language known as Sri Lanka Malay. In July 2018 Professor Ansaldo took up a new post as Head of the School of Literature, Arts and Media (SLAM) at the University of Sydney. In the previous two decades Professor Ansaldo taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Amsterdam, and most recently served as Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. Besides linguistics he has taught courses on modern Asia, conflict studies, and self-defence and his most recent interest is in higher education management and academic leadership.