Alan Thomas Kohler hails originally from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. Post-undergrad life included nearly a decade of living, travelling, and working abroad, mostly in East and Southern Asia, before completing his M.A. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Like many others, Alan was drawn to SLAT for its interdisciplinary nature; his current research interests include metonymy and metaphor, social semiotics, critical discourse analysis, and L2 writing. Outside of his research duties, Alan works in the UA Dept. of English Writing Program as an instructor and Placement Advisor, advocates for his graduate and professional student colleagues through GPSC, and tries to carve out precious time with his two boys, Henry & Charlie, and his partner, Kristy.