My research, teaching, and engagement reflect my longstanding personal commitment to carry out and apply academic work within a social justice framework. Via interdisciplinary and collaborative work, I comprehensively examine language as a socially and culturally embedded phenomenon. With a focus on language variation in the U.S., I work to dismantle deficit notions surrounding cultural and linguistic difference in ways that empower communities while informing policy.
I have co-authored two books with Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley: Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools (2011, Teachers College Press Multicultural Education Series) and We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom (2014, Teachers College Press). I am also the co-editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications, a Routledge volume, 2nd edition, with Becky Childs, and Gerard Van Herk. I am also the co-editor of Rural Voices: Language, Identity, and Social Change across Place (2018), with Elizabeth Seale.