Hi, I'm Rachel Elizabeth, and I am a postdoctoral scholar in Psychology, Linguistics, and Black Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. I completed my Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (GO BLUE! View my dissertation here). My foray into linguistics started at my undergraduate-liberal arts-historically women's institution, Bryn Mawr College (ANASSA KATA!).

My research focuses on how people, language users, are multidimensional, and how different intersecting identities, communities, and environments influence perception and processing of various languages. I use theories and methodologies from sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, and psycholinguistics to investigate how American English-speaking listeners cognitively interact with various American Englishes; most in focus so far have been African American English and Standardized American English. At the University of Oregon, I work in both the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab (P.I. Dr. Jenn Pfeifer) and the Speech Perception & Production Lab (P.I. Dr. Melissa Baese-Berk). I also teach courses that count toward the Black Studies minor, and am a part of the steering committee revamping what Black Studies looks like on UO's campus.

I also engage in multiple public linguistics efforts, most consistently through my role as Production Assistant for A Way With Words Radio Show, which focuses on language examined through family, history, and culture. Additionally, I am passionate about teaching, and work to create spaces that are conducive to learning through an equity and justice approach. Mentoring is of great importance to me, as I find community support essential for understanding the unwritten rules of navigating academia. Travel is one of my greatest joys in life, and has been one of my greatest teachers.

Please get in touch with me if you'd like to connect:
rweissle [AT] uoregon [DOT] edu

Be sure to check out the episode below of the PBS Digital Series Otherwords, where I demistify some common misconceptions about African American English alongside the Otherwords' host (and my friend!), Dr. Erica Brozovsky.


Background Image from: Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia, June 2018