Rie Maruyama is originally from Niigata, Japan. She is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Japanese Linguistics: Sociolinguistics and minoring in Second Language Acquisition. She received her B.A. in English from Tsuru University located in Japan and her M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy from the University of Kansas. Her main areas of research interests are second language acquisition in study abroad contexts, language socialization, and conversation analysis.