New Faculty Spotlight: Anne Charity Hudley

The Department is very happy to be able to welcome Dr. Anne Charity Hudley, who joined UCSB Linguistics this year as North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African-America, as well as being the Director of Undergraduate Research for the College of Letters & Sciences!

Can you tell us a bit about your research?

As the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America my courses are intently focused on the language, literacy, and culture of African-Americans and that is also be reflected in my research. 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! I’m not as much concerned with your overall GPA as I am with your ability to engage with the material and show up.

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 predominately White 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 at Harvard. 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 idiolect of individuals in highly unique situations and also provide information on how to best support the African-American academic speech community.

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What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Seeing current and former students in a position to support and empower other people to use their own true voices. 

What courses are you most excited about teaching at UCSB?

African-American language and culture and community based research methods! This year, I’ll teach graduate and then undergraduate African-American language and culture! Come join me in winter 2018 grads and spring 2018 undergrads!

What are your current goals?

Long term: To make sure more undergraduate students get involved in research, particularly in linguistics and to help UCSB embody the full spirit of being a Minority-serving Institution.

Short term: To get all my steps for full professor (seven more to go) and go off scale and to throw killer parties here in Santa Barbara.

How do you like living in Santa Barbara?

It is the jam! I came here for spring break my first year of college and knew I’d be back.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to go to the beach and to travel. I also like to watch TV!

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

My office hours are Thursdays from 1-2:30pm in North Hall 2110. Come on by as we have swag, water, and we often have treats!

Dr. Charity Hudley with UCSB Ling grad students and Prof. Mary Bucholtz at VSU, as part of new UC-HBCU initiative