Invitation for New Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows!

I welcome Graduate Students and Postdoctoral fellows!

I am happy to discuss interests with students who are thinking of applying for the next graduate school and postdoctoral cycles and in future years! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are a current undergraduate student, even if you are in your first year!

I particularly welcome students who are interested in the intersections of Linguistics and Black Studies. I have a special interest in students who have a desire to learn more about either PreK-12 and/or higher education. We have a UC-HBCU and a NSF REU grant, so students should be interested in learning about research and teaching at Minority Serving Institutions (UCSB is a Minority Serving Institution).

In the next few years, I plan to write a book and several articles on language and culture in postsecondary contexts, with a focus on supporting the social and academic experiences of African-American students on university campuses. The book “Talking College” will include survey and interview materials. This book is a direct response to a request that my undergraduate advisor, the late Calvert Watkins made to me for such work in my junior year of college. He believed that a comprehensive examination of how African-American students lived and learned on college campuses would answer long-standing questions of the nature of both the linguistic idiolects of individuals in highly unique situations and also provide information on how to best support and empower the African-American academic speech community.

For more information about applying to UCSB for graduate school, see:

For the actual application, see:

The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. To learn more, see: