I am Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship, 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 and my profile on Academia.edu. For more information, contact me at <mallinson AT umbc DOT edu>.

My interdisciplinary and collaborative research comprehensively examines language as a socially and culturally embedded phenomenon. With a focus on language variation in the U.S., I work to dismantle notions about cultural and linguistic difference in ways that empower communities while informing policy. My research, teaching and engagement reflect my longstanding personal commitment to carry out and apply academic research within a social justice framework.

I have co-authored two books with Dr. Anne H. Charity HudleyUnderstanding 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.

Currently the chair of the Ethics committee of the Linguistic Society of America and a member of its Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics, I also serve on the editorial board of the journals American SpeechLanguage & Linguistics Compass, and Voice & Speech Review. I obtained both a Ph.D. in Sociology & Anthropology and an M.A. in Linguistics from North Carolina State University, and a B.A. in Sociology and German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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