Jaffer Sheyholislami is Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Canada, where he is also the Interim Director. Sheyholislami has published extensively, in both English and Kurdish, in the areas of Kurdish language policy and planning, critical discourse studies, Kurdish linguistics, multilingual education, and communication. He is the author of the monograph Kurdish Identity, Discourse and New Media, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, 2011, and co-editor of the special issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language (no. 217, 2012) devoted to Kurdish sociolinguistics and language policy. In addition to numerous book chapters and encyclopedia articles, Sheyholislami has published in several peer-reviewed journals such as Language Policy, Discourse & Society, and Critical Discourse Studies. His current research concerns linguistic landscape in Canada, language policy in Iran, and language planning and lexical variation in Kurdistan.