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Photos from “New Words for a New Future”

May 22, 2018

My “New Words for a New Future” activity table at the BMA’s “Afrofutures” event featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates was a hit!  Check out some of the ways that participants imagined language leading the way in shaping a more socially just and inclusive future. Photos by Marlayna Demond for UMBC.


The Necessity of Tomorrow(s): Afrofutures

May 15, 2018

What would a decolonized, Afrocentric, gender inclusive, socially just, multilingual landscape look like? I’m honored to host a “New Words for a New Future” table at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Afrofutures event on May 17, featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates. Come join us at this free public event, and bring your vision for a linguistically inclusive future!


“Baltimore: An Incubator of Linguistic Diversity” @Light City 2018

May 3, 2018

I was so honored to give a talk for EduLab, part of the Labs@Light City segment of Baltimore’s 2018 Light City social innovation conference!  In my talk, “Baltimore: An Incubator of Linguistic Diversity,” I discussed how the way Baltimoreans of all stripes talk — including the ways in which we say even just the name of our city — reflects who we are and where we come from. Language in Baltimore is diverse, dynamic, and innovative, and is an identity and cultural resource that we must nurture — especially in our students, who are the voices of the next generation of thinkers, speakers, and writers right here in Baltimore.

Data Collection in Sociolinguistics 2nd edition, now in print!

December 12, 2017

A wonderful way to close out 2017 – the second edition of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics is now in print!! Yes, so much work went into these 350 pages, but on what other project do I get to work with so many amazing colleagues?? Here is a link to our Amazon book page, as well as our Routledge book page. And be sure to click over to our book website to check out our expanded  teaching exercises, sample syllabi, contributor videos, and more!


“GRIT-X Talks Showcase Experiences of Outstanding Faculty and Alumni ‘from Outer Space to Inner Space”

October 26, 2017

I was honored to be asked to give a “GRIT-X” micro-talk at UMBC, called “The Social Life of Speech.” As this recent UMBC News article describes the event, “Demonstrating the value of diverse linguistic patterns in the classroom shows students they are valued, which makes them likely to value school, Mallinson explains. Overall, educators must ‘give the students the tools they need to succeed on the tests that we require of them, while sustaining and empowering their diverse voices,’ she says, ‘so that we can have all our students with all their diverse voices right here in the front row of our classes at UMBC.’”

ICYMI: “The Sound of Inclusion”

August 31, 2017

In case you missed it:  My article with Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley, “The Sound of Inclusion: Why Teachers’ Words Matter,” which originally appeared in The Conversation, has been reprinted in Salon and in Newsweek!  Be sure to like, share, and comment!

Talking about kids and work in this Baltimore “Coffee with Parents” series

July 12, 2017

I’m so honored to be profiled as part of the “Coffee with Parents” series on Baltimore’s (cool) progeny blog! What could be better than talking about kids AND work?  In the article, I talk about my own family history and my research on linguistic diversity, in education and in Baltimore.