Hi, I'm Rachel Elizabeth, and I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (GO BLUE!). My foray into linguistics started at my undergraduate institution, Bryn Mawr College (ANASSA KATA!). My research home is at the intersection of neuro and sociolinguistics. Given that the linguistic brain relates message to speaker within a few hundred milliseconds, I am particularly interested in how varied linguistic knowledge modulates processing of standardized and minoritized American Englishes, specifically African American English. 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