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 Computational Linguist, LexisNexis
Amanda Eads 
Cadwell Turnbull Writer
Brooke Wallig English Teacher, Triangle Math and Science Academy
Eric Wilbanks Ph.D student in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.
Karissa Wojcik TDSS Program Coordinator, NC State University
MK Hedrick Linguistic Analyst, Verilogue
Sean Minty Academic Advisor, North Carolina Central University


Lacey Arnold Ph.D student in Linguisitcs, University of Pennsylvania
Angela Tramontelli Language and Culture Teaching Assistant, Ministry of Education of Spain
Kellam Barta Lecturer, North Dakota State University
Julie Schurr Instructor of English, Jefferson College


Erin Adamson Fulbright English teacher, Colombia
Jaclyn Daugherty Content Development Manager, Sunspire Health
Martha Summerlin Clinical Trial Assistant, ICON plc
Jahurul Islam Ph.D student in Linguistics, Georgetown University
Shivonne Gates Ph.D student in Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London
Megan Risdal Data Analyst, Campos Inc
Meghan Deanna Cooper Project Coordinator, Choice Translating
Samina Samina
May Chung PhD student in Language, Literacy & Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Jon Inscoe PhD student in Language, Literacy & Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County


Joel Schneier  PhD Student in Communication Rhetoric & Digital Media, NC State University
Caroline Myrick PhD Student in Sociology, NC State University 
Michael J. Fox MA Student in Sociology, NC State University
Liang Zhang PhD Student, Graduate School of Chinese Adademy of Social Sciences
Jon Forrest PhD Student in Sociology, NC State University 


Hayley Heaton PhD Student in Sociolinguistics, University of Michigan
Melanie Camurati Speech pathologist
Channing Johnson Consultant 
Katherine McDonald Freelance editor, Miller Appraisal Group
Heather Wright ESL teacher


Kelly Abrams PhD Student in English Language and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Elizabeth Daw High Teacher
David Ethier Writer
Charlie Farrington PhD Student in Linguistics, University of Oregon 
Nicolette Filson PhD Student in Education, North Carolina State University
Darya Kostina Translator/interpreter/trainer, Russian Translation Company
Jason McLarty PhD Student in Linguistics, University of Oregon
Betsy Newman
Mario Piergallini PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University


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