Personal Chair of Sociolinguistics
I'm Professor of Sociolinguistics in Linguistics and English Language, at the University of Edinburgh. I'm also currently the director of the Lothian Diary Project, and on research leave with a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. When I'm not on research leave, I co-organise the Sociolinguistics Reading Group and the Language Variation and Change Research Group. I've spoke briefly about my academic journey on this episode of the Undersong podcast.
I'm a 5th-generation mixed-race Chinese American with ancestors who were born in San Francisco in the late 1800s. I'm also 1/4 German with family from Düsseldorf. Most of my family is Californian, but I was raised in snowy Flagstaff, Arizona.
Undergraduate: University of Arizona (BA in Linguistics, minor in Psychology, 2002, summa cum laude)
Postgraduate: Stanford University (MA & PhD in Linguistics, 2009)
Previous post: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford
Responsibilities & affiliations
I am one of the representatives of the UoE's Staff BAME Network and the UoE's Womxn of Colour Collective. Between 2019-2021, I founded the Mentoring Programme for the Staff BAME Nework, and my work was recognised by being short-listed for the CAHSS Staff Award for Advancing Inclusion (2021) and a Principal's Medal. When I'm not on research leave, I'm also involved in EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) work and work in Research Ethics.
I have previously taught on various prehonours, honours, and MSc courses. In 2022-2023 I am Course Organiser and Co-instructor for the combined honours/MSc course, Language Variation and Change. Previous teaching awards include:
- Winner, EUSA Award for Teaching in CHSS (2013)
- Joint Runner-Up, CAHSS Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience (2016)
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
- Tsung-Lun Alan Wan
- Nina Markl
- Stephen McNulty
- Zhaoxi Yan
- Alice Marikan
Past PhD students supervised
- Elizabeth Adelou
- Zac Boyd
- Zuzana Elliott
- Ruth Friskney
- Daniel Lawrence
- Ifigenia Papageorgiou
Current project grants
For the calendar year 2022 I am on a Personal Research Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh for work on the The Lothian Diary project.
In the press
Race.ED podcast episode: "Dominant Speech: the Category of 'Race' in Sociolinguistics"