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About Me

I am Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture and Affiliate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UMBC. My CV provides a complete overview of my professional information, and click here for my Google Scholar profile. Please contact me at <mallinson AT umbc DOT edu> for more information.

In my research I study language in its social context, with a focus on English in the U.S. — specifically Southern English, Appalachian English, and African American varieties. I examine the role of English language variation in the construction and negotiation of identities and cultures and as a central mechanism in the reproduction of social inequalities, particularly in education. My research, as well as my teaching and engagement, reflect my longstanding personal commitment to conduct and apply academic research within a social justice framework.

I have co-authored two books with Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley. In 2011, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools was published in the Teachers College Press Multicultural Education Series (order it through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or TCP). In 2014, We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom, was published, also Teachers College Press (order it through Teachers College Press, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble).

I am also the co-editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications, a Routledge volume, with Becky Childs, and Gerard Van Herk; the volume is now in its second edition.  Learn more about my research here.

You can also click here to download and read my linguistic autobiography!

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