Teaching & outreach

Current teaching

      Fall 2016:

      Language and Society (UG)

      Spring 2017:

      Seminar in Sociolinguistics (G)
      English Dialects (UG)


I'm honored and grateful that my students have chosen to recognize my teaching. At the University of Manchester, I was named Best Lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities at the Students' Union Teaching Awards (pictured, with Natalie Jennings, my nominator), I was nominated for the University's "Teacher of the Year" Distinguished Achievement Award, and I twice received the Faculty of Humanities' "Best on Blackboard" award. At the University of Pennsylvania, I received a Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students.


I'm a co-author, with Miriam Meyerhoff and Erik Schleef (pictured), of Doing Sociolinguistics: A Practical Guide to Data Collection and Analysis. Learn more or buy the book here.

Media appearances

I'm generally happy to speak to the news media about linguistic topics I know something about. I've appeared in newspapers, on the radio, and on UK national television (pictured, on BBC Breakfast, in 2013) to discuss my and my students' research into language change across the lifespan and UK regional dialects.


I enjoy talking to the public about my research and about what linguists do. I've organized a science festival event on linguistics and a school outreach program on dialects.


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  10 Washington Pl
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  NY 10003