Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Office:
G14 Brooks Hall
Office Hours:
T/Th 12:30-1:30

My research focuses on language variation and change in Southern US Englishes, using sociological theory to explain loss of older features and the adoption and diffusion of new sound changes.  I am especially interested in the ways that sociological analyses of meso-level social groups like organizations or neighborhoods can help integrate social-structural factors into the study of language variation.  My most recent project examined stylistic variation in native Southerners working at a technology firm in the South, contrasting self-recordings made by participants while on the job with their recordings of friend and family interactions.  

Education:

PhD, Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2018

MA, English (Sociolinguistics), North Carolina State University, 2013

BA, English (World Literature), North Carolina State University, 2011

Areas of Interest:

Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Southern US Englishes, African American Language, Phonetics, Phonology

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