Anne H. Charity Hudley

Anne H. Charity Hudley
North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America

Office Hours

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm
North Hall 2110

Office Location

North Hall 2110


African-American English; Language, literacy, and culture; sociolinguistics; community based participatory research in linguistics; language attitudes; multicultural education; undergraduate research


PhD 2005 University of Pennsylvania

MA 1998 Harvard University

BA 1998 Harvard University 


My teaching and research is focused on the language, literacy, and culture of African-Americans. I welcome students from all different majors and backgrounds to do research with me. The different perspectives that you bring enrich the study of African-American language and the education of African-Americans happens in all contexts!

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.


The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research: Success in and Beyond College by Anne H. Charity Hudley, Cheryl Dickter, and Hannah Franz and Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools & We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom by Anne H. Charity Hudley and Christine Mallinson are available from Teachers College Press. For more information, visit: and


Ling 36: African-American English (undergraduate)

African-American English (graduate)