Linguistics students at NC State represent various departments and engage in cutting-edge research. 

Current Masters Students

Our Masters programs in the English and Spanish programs emphasize cutting-edge sociolinguistic research as well as public outreach. Through collaboration and mentorship with faculty, Masters students frequently present research developed in class to national and international conferences (Learn more about Student Conference Travel). See below for our current Masters students. 

M.A. English 

M.A. Spanish

Current Doctoral Students

Our doctoral students have represented our partnerships with Ph.D. programs at NC State as well as around the triangle at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. Our current doctoral students currently comprise students from our Sociolinguistics Concentration in the Sociology Ph.D. program.


Alumni from the MA English program, as well as partner programs at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University, have gone on to tenure-track faculty positions as well as positions in industry. See below for a list of some of our most recent Ph.D. Graduates and M.A. Graduates.

NCSU Linguistics Alumni, pictured in 2015

Ph.D. Graduates

Jon Forrest, 2018 (NCSU, Sociolinguistics) 

Dissertation: TBA 

Caroline Myrick, 2018 (NCSU, Sociolinguistics)

Dissertation: TBA

Mary Kohn, 2013 (UNC Chapel Hill, English)
Assistant Professor at Kansas State University
Dissertation: Adolescent Ethnolinguistic Stability and Change: A Longitudinal Study [Download here]

Erin Callahan, 2013 (Duke, English)
Assistant Professor at Western Carolina University
Dissertation: Emerging Hispanic English in the Southeast US: Grammatical Variation in a Triethnic Community [Download here]

Phillip Carter, 2009 (Duke, English)
Assistant Professor at Florida International University
Dissertation: Speaking Subjects: Language, Subject Formation, and the Crisis of Identity [Download here.]

Jeannine Carpenter, 2009 (Duke, English)
Dissertation: Voices of Jim Crow: Early Urban African American English in the Segregated South [Download here]

Tyler Kendall, 2009 (Duke, English)
Assistant Professor at University of Oregon
Dissertation: Speech Rate, Pause, and Linguistic Variation: An Examination Through the Sociolinguistic Archive and Analysis Project [Download here]

Christine Mallinson, 2006 (NCSU, Sociology)
Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dissertation: The Dynamic Construction of Race, Class, and Gender through Linguistic Practice among Women in a Black Appalachian Community [Download here]

Jeffrey Reaser, 2006 (Duke, English)
Associate Professor, NC State University Linguistics Program
Dissertation: The effect of dialect awareness on adolescent knowledge and attitudes [Download here]

Ben Torbert, 2004 (Duke, English)
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, Saint Louis
Dissertation: Southern Vowels and the Social Construction of Salience

M.A. English Graduates


Katie Conner Ph.D student in Linguistics at Ohio State University 

Jessica Hatcher Cognitive Linguist at Credit Suisse 

Lars Naborn Project Manager at ICON plc

Frankie Pennington Data Collection Administrator at Sensory, Inc. 

Hannah Smith Project Analyst at ICON plc 

Cecilia Tomasetti Working in Madrid

KellyNoel Waldorf Advisor at UNC Chapel Hill 


Ari Janoff
Karen Eisenhauer
Kelsey Campolong
Rachel Russell
Yuqiu Liu
Sonya Trawick


Amy Hemmeter 
Amanda Eads 
Cadwell Turnbull
Brooke Wallig
Eric Wilbanks 
Karissa Wojcik 
MK Hedrick 
Sean Minty 


Lacey Arnold 
Angela Tramontelli 
Kellam Barta 
Julie Schurr 


Erin Adamson 
Jaclyn Daugherty 
Martha Summerlin 
Jahurul Islam 
Shivonne Gates 
Megan Risdal 
Meghan Deanna Cooper 
Samina Samina
May Chung 
Jon Inscoe 


Joel Schneier  
Caroline Myrick 
Michael J. Fox 
Liang Zhang 
Jon Forrest 


Hayley Heaton 
Melanie Camurati
Channing Johnson 
Katherine McDonald
Heather Wright 


Kelly Abrams 
Elizabeth Daw 
David Ethier 
Charlie Farrington 
Nicolette Filson 
Darya Kostina 
Jason McLarty 
Betsy Newman
Mario Piergallini 


Tim Castor
Paula Dickerson
Michelle Hewitt
Anna Morgan
Jeremy Needle
Hannah Pick
Tom Wilkinson


Hannah Askin
Alexis Smith
Janneke Van Hofwegen
Ashley Wise


Erin Callahan
Danica Cullinan
Stephany Dunstan
Mary Kohn
Leah White