Curriculum Vitae

  Last updated: March 22, 2018



University of Pennsylvania, USA. PhD, Department of Linguistics.
Linguistic change and stabilization in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Gillian Sankoff (chair), William Labov, University of Pennsylvania; Penelope Eckert, Stanford University.


University of Cambridge, UK. BA (Hons), Medieval and Modern Languages.



  2015-present Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Michigan State University.

Assistant Professsor, Department of Linguistics & Languages, Michigan State University.


Instructor, Department of Lingustics & Languages, Michigan State University.

    Follow this link for presentations and publications.
  External 2013-2015. The Influence of Higher Education on Phonology. National Science Foundation, BCS-1251437. With William Labov (University of Pennsylvania), Anita Henderson (University of Pennsylvania).
  Internal 2016. Faculty summer research fellowship. College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University.
    2015-2016. Research award, for student support with ongoing study of Michigan speech. College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University.
    2012-2014. HARP Development grant, Language Change and Stability in the Speech of Young Adults in Philadelphia. Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Michigan State University.
    2013-2014. External Connections Award, for consultation with Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto). College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University.
    2013. Teaching and Learning Environment (TLE) award, for digital audio recorders to be used in undergraduate teaching. Michigan State University.
    Undergraduate courses
  LIN 471 Sociolinguistics (taught), Michigan State University
  LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics (taught), Michigan State University
  LIN 225 Language and Gender (developed), Michigan State University
  IAH 231c Roles of Language in Society: Language Variation and Change (taught), Michigan State University
  LIN 499 Senior Thesis Research (taught), Michigan State University
  LIN 102 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (taught), summer class, University of Pennsylvania
    Graduate courses
  LIN 871 Advanced Sociolinguistics (taught), Michigan State University
  LIN 891 Special Topics in Linguistics (taught), Michigan State University
    Graduate supervision
  PhD advisor Mason, Alexander. in progress.
  (current = 9) Nesbitt, Monica. in progress.
    Savage, D. Matthew. in progress.
    Hall, Chad. in progress.
    Senn, Rebecca. in progress.
    Ruthan, Mohammed. in progress. (co-chair with Yen-Hwei Lin).
    Wang, Xiaomei. (co-chair with Yen-Hwei Lin). Variation and Change in Tianjin Tone Sandhi. Expected 2018.
    Zaykovskaya, Irina. (co-chair with Susan Gass). Perceptions of vernacular US English LIKE by native and non-native English-speaking young adults in Michigan. Expected 2018.
    Zheng, Mingzhe. To Be Assimilated and More Like White: A Sociolinguistic Study of Chinese-Americans in the "Asian city" of Southeast Michigan.Defended 2017.
    Hesson, Ashley. (2014). Medically Speaking: Co-variation as Stylistic Clustering Within Physician Recommendations. (Resident, University of Michigan, 2015-)
    Hasty, Daniel J. (2012) This Might Could Help Us Better Understand Syntactic Variation: The Double Modal Construction in Tennessee English.(Asst. Prof, Coastal Carolina University, 2012-)

PhD committee (past) n=3

Mousa Qasem (2010), Greg Johnson (2014), Candice Scott (U Michigan 2015), Joseph Jalbert (2016).
  PhD committee (present) n=7 Ho-Hsin Huang, Drew Trotter, Kali Morris (Bybel), Qian Luo, Chenchen Xu, Sayako Uehara, Meisam Arjmandi.
  MA advisor Kirsten Bakken (2008), Lubna Al-juboori (2009), Chun-Yi Peng (2011), Alexander Mason (2016).
  MA committee Misako Matsubara (2007), Andrew Fraser (2007), Jon Bakos (2008), Yi-Jen Huang (2008), Kenneth Edgington (2012), Xiao Fu (2012), Adina Williams (2013), Chenchen Xu (2014), Patricia Lawrence (2015), Alicia Parrish (2017).
  Editorial Co-editor, Routledge Studies in Language Change (with Isabelle Buchstaller); Area Editor (Sociolinguistics), Linguistics Vanguard (with Erez Levon)
  Referee, academic journals

Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Journal of French Language Studies, Language and Linguistics Compass, Canadian Journal of Linguistics, Australian Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Linguistic Geography, Journal of Phonetics, Nordic Journal of Linguistics.

  Reviewer, conference abstracts New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV), African American Language Conference 2 (AAL2); Great Lakes Expo on Experimental and Formal Undergraduate Linguistics (GLEEFUL), International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE); International Conference on Methods in Dialectology; International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE); American Dialect Society (ADS) annual meeting.
  Reviewer, publishers Routledge, Wiley-Blackwell, John Benjamins
  Reviewer, funding agencies US National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Advisory board member, Routledge Critical Concepts in Lingustics: Language Variation and Change. (eds. Robert Bayley and Richard Cameron)
  • Steering committee member, International Conference of the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE), 2012-2013
  • Steering committee member, International Conference on Methods in Dialectology, 2013-2015
  • Steering committee member, Discourse-Pragmatic Variation and Change research network, 2016-
  Program level Search commmittees, graduate admissions committee, ad hoc curriculum committee, program co-convener
  Dept level Department Advisory Committee (2011-12); Faculty Evaluation Committee (2011, 2014, 2018)
  College level College Advisory Committee member (2017-2018); College Advisory Committee chair (2017-2018)
  Univ. level

University Committee on Faculty Tenure (2013-2015); National/International Fellowships & Scholarships (NIFS) Office selection committee for the Mitchell/Rhodes Scholarships (2015-)

    Professional affiliations
  current Linguistic Society of America (LSA), American Dialect Society (ADS)

American Anthropological Association, International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)

  2013 The Academic Minute, WAMC Northeast Public Radio: "Non-Standard Speech and Higher Education"
  2012 MSUToday release: "Adolescents Under Pressure to Speak 'Properly'"
    Interview on Capital City Recap (1320 AM WILS) with Michael Cohen, on the MSU release