Hi, I'm Rachel Elizabeth, and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (GO BLUE!). I am also currently a Courtesy Research Associate in Linguistics at the University of Oregon. My foray into linguistics started at my undergraduate institution, Bryn Mawr College (ANASSA KATA!). I am dedicated to understanding the intersection of sociolinguistics, cognitive processing, and race. I engage with language variation and social cognition to better understand how listeners interact with people who speak varying language varieties in the U.S., particularly African American English. I use many methods from sociophonetic analysis to electroencephalography to ask questions under the following umbrella: What do individuals know about Grammar, including all components language, and how do they use that linguistic knowledge with respect to race and gender? Working across subfields allows me to investigate these important raciolinguistic questions. I engage in public linguistics efforts 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: racheliw [AT] umich [DOT] edu


Image from: Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia, June 2018