Faculty

 

Emily Curtis

Emailemily.curtis@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4947
Office: Humanities 253
BA, Pomona College
MA & PhD in Linguistics, University of Washington
EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: syllable phonology, metalinguistic awareness, Linguistics pedagogy and outreach, Korean, Lushootseed

Masanori Deguchi

Emailmasanori.deguchi@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4155
Office: Miller Hall 217E
BA in English, Kansai Gaidai University
MA in Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington
PhD in Linguistics (major) and Philosophy (minor) Indiana University, Bloomington
Research and teaching interests: Syntax and semantics of Japanese, phonology of Native American languages, Japanese language pedagogy

Kristin Denham - Professor and Linguistics Program Director

Websitehttps://www.kristindenham.net/
Emailkristin.denham@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3217
Office: Humanities 357 
BA, Swarthmore College
MA, University of Arizona
PhD in Linguistics, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: syntactic theory, Native American languages, linguistics in K-12 education

Shannon Dubenion-Smith 

Emailshannon.dubenion-smith@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3927
Office: Miller Hall 218C
BA University of Michigan
MA and PhD in Germanic Linguistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research and teaching interests: Germanic linguistics, variationist linguistics, dialect and regiolect syntax, historical syntax, Pennsylvania Dutch

Jennifer Green

Emailjennifer.green@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-2395
Office: Miller Hall 303B
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
MAT, School for International Training
PhD, University of Connecticut
Research and teaching interests: Director ELL Endorsement. English linguistics for educators, academic language, teaching methodologies.

Shaw Gynan

Emailshaw.gynan@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4853
Office: Miller Hall 215A
BA in Languages, Georgetown
MA in Spanish, University of Texas, El Paso
PhD in Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin
Research and teaching interests: Guaraní-Spanish bilingualism, endangered language documentation and promotion, second language methodology, language policy, morphology, Spanish phonetics, sociolinguistics.

Todd Haskell

Emailtodd.haskell@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-2720
Office: Academic Instructional 486
BA in Psychology, Darthmouth
PhD in Psychology, University of Southern California
Research and teaching interests: cognition, psychology of language, problem solving

James Hearne

Emailjames.hearne@wwu.edu 
Phone : (360) 650-3792
Office: Communications 479
PhD in Philosophy, University of California
Research and teaching interests: data mining, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence
 

Brian Hutchinson - Assistant Professor

Websitehttps://facultyweb.cs.wwu.edu/~hutchib2/
Emailbrian.hutchinson@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4894
Office: Communications 475 
BA in Linguistics, BS in Computer Science, MS in Computer Science, Western Washington University
MS in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: Speech and language processing, machine learning, optimization

McNeel Jantzen - Associate Professor

Websitehttp://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/~jantzem/LabWebsite/About.html
EmailMcNeel.Jantzen@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-2247
Office: Academic Instructional 588
BA in English and PhD in Cognition, Florida Atlantic University
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences
Director of the Language and Neural Systems Lab
Research and teaching interests: speech perception, effect of musical training on language networks, neural reorganization of language

Christina Keppie  

Emailchristina.keppie@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3930
Office: Miller Hall 215D
BA, University of New Brunswick
MA, Carleton University
PhD in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (focus: linguistic anthropology), University of Alberta 
Research and teaching interests: Canadian French (culture and linguistics), Acadian Studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology

Yudong Liu 

Emailyudong.liu@wwu.edu 
Phone : (360) 650-4831
Office: Communications 483
PhD, Simon Fraser University
Research and teaching interests: statistical natural language processing, cuneiform text processing and social network analysis, uses of data collected by eye-tracing device for reading-related tasks

 

Anne Lobeck     

Emailanne.lobeck@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3249
Office: Humanities 359
BA Whitman College, MA and PhD Linguistics University of Washington
Research and teaching areas: Syntactic theory (ellipsis in French, German, and English), history of English, language and gender, linguistics and education

Rodolfo Mata - Assistant Professor of Spanish

Office: Miller Hall 228
Phone: 360-650-3925
Email
BA, University of Texas at El Paso
MFA, University of Alaska 
PhD & MA, University of California

Cathy McDonald 

Emailcathy.mcdonald@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3236
Office: HU 349
PhD in Rhetoric and Language, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: discourse analysis, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics

Cheiron McMahill  

EmailCheiron.McMahill@wwu.edu  
Phone: (360) 650-2551
Office: Miller Hall 304D
PhD in Applied Linguistics, Lancaster University, U.K.
MATESL, University of Washington
BS in Japanese Language and Linguistics, Georgetown University
Research and teaching interests: Language education policies in Japan, language ideologies and identities, multilingual children's education, and TESOL education 

Judith Pine 

Websitehttp://staff.wwu.edu/pinej/
Emailjudy.pine@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4783
Office: Arntzen Hall 338
BA, Kansas State University
MA and PhD in Anthropology, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: linguistic anthropology, semiotics, literacy theory, upland peoples of SE Asia/southwest China, indigenousness/indigeneity, globalization/borders; language maintenance/reversing language shift/language endangerment.

Jordan Sandoval - Senior Instructor

EmailJordan.sandoval@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4857
Office: Miller Hall 215C
BA, Western Washington University
PhD in Linguistics, University of Arizona
Research and teaching interests: experimental phonetics and phonology, the role of orthography in mental representations, and gender identity in language.

 

Trish Skillman   

Websitehttps://www.wwu.ed/tesol
Emailtrish.skillman@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4699
Office: Miller Hall 304E
BA, Stanford University
MEd, Western Washington University
Academic language development, second language acquisition methods, multilingual development, multicultural experience, and effective teaching.  

Edward Vajda    

Emailedward.vajda@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4856
Office: Miller Hall 217D
BA, Indiana University
PhD in Slavic Linguistics, University of Washington
Research and teaching interests: morphology, historical linguistics, Russian and North Asian peoples and languages, in particular the Yeniseian family of Central Siberia.

Kathryn Vulić

Emailkathryn.vulic@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3214
Office: Humanities 335
BA in English and French, Ohio State University
PhD in English, University of California at Berkeley
Research and teaching interests: Old and Middle English language and literature, manuscript studies

Ryan Wasserman 

Websitehttp://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/wasserr/index/home.html
Emailryan.wasserman@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3860
Office: Bond Hall 302A
BA, Western Washington University
PhD in Philosophy, Rutgers University
Research and teaching interests: metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language

Suzi Wright 

Emailsuzanne.wright@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-7781
Office: Miller Hall 304A
Research and teaching interests: Second language acquisition, language/education policy, First Peoples' language revitalization, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, functional linguistics.

Janet Zhiqun Xing 

EmailJanet.Xing@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3926
Office: Miller Hall 218D
PhD in Linguistics, University of Michigan
Research and teaching interests: Grammaticalization, semantic change, Chinese language pedagogy and acquisition

 

Jeffrey Kaplan - Research Associate

Emailjkaplan@mail.sdsu.edu 
Phone : (619) 594-5879
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
JD, University of San Diego School of Law 
Research and teaching interests:  discourse-functional syntax, pragmatics, language and law, in particular, applying principles of grammar, semantics,  pragmatics, and discourse structure to legal discourses such as contracts, legislation, wills, and other operative texts. 

John Lawler - Research Associate

Websitehttp://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/
Emailjlawler@umich.edu
Research and teaching interests:  Generative semantics and syntax;  Austronesian and Salishan languages;  Cognitive linguistics, especially MetaphorNegation, and Sound Symbolism;  English grammar and usage;  Language and MathematicsComputing, and Logic