Carmen Maíz-Arévalo is professor of Pragmatics and English at the Complutense University of Madrid, having obtained her PhD in English Linguistics in 2001. Her fields of interest are mainly pragmatics and intercultural pragmatics; more specifically, speech act theory and verbal (im)politeness in computer-mediated communication. Her most recent publications include the articles: “‘Small talk is not cheap’: phatic computer-mediated communication in intercultural classes”, published in Computer Assisted Language Learning (2017); "Jocular mockery in computer-mediated communication: A contrastive study of a Spanish and English Facebook community" in the Journal of Politeness Research (2015), “Just click ‘Like”’: Computer-mediated responses to Spanish compliments", published in the Journal of Pragmatics in 2013, "“Was that a compliment?” Implicit compliments in English and Spanish", also in the Journal of Pragmatics in 2012 or “You look terrific!’ Social evaluation and relationships in online compliments", co-authored with Antonio García-Gómez and published in Discourse Studies in 2013. She also acts as a reviewer for different journals such as the Journal of Pragmatics, GIST, Sage Open or Revista Iberoamericana de Tecnologías del Aprendizaje. Besides her research and teaching, Carmen Maíz-Arévalo is currently the academic secretary of the department of English Linguistics at the Complutense University.