Curriculum Vitae

Kelly Elizabeth Wright

440 Lorch Hall University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220



Doctorate in Linguistics                                                                                                           Expected 2022

  • The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Master of Arts in Linguistic Theory and Typology, summa cum laude                                                     2017

  • The University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky                                                     

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, summa cum laude                                                                       2014

  • Maryville College –  Maryville, Tennessee                                                                                          

Associate of Science                                                                                                                                2012

  • Pellissippi State Community College –  Knoxville, Tennessee                                      ​



Peer-Reviewed Publications

Academic Publications

  • Among the New Words” Zimmer, Wright, & Carson American Speech (2021) 96(1)

  • Review of Cacchiani, Mazzi, Bondi (2015) Discourse In and Through the Media: Recontextualizing and Reconceptualizing Expert Discourse” published on LinguistList

Public Writing



University of Michigan                                                                                                                    2017-2022

  • Mellon Fellowship for Publicly Engaged Humanities

  • Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

  • Rackham Scholar-Activist Award 2019

  • Rackham Merit Fellowship

University of Kentucky                                                                                                                             2015

  • Royster Excellence Award

  • 2016 UK Graduate Student Leadership Conference

Lincoln Memorial University                                                                                                                    2014

  • Outstanding Poster Award for 21st Annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference

Maryville College                                                                                                                           2013- 2014

  • Center for Calling and Career Competitive Summer Internship Grants

  • Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honors Society for Adults Continuing Higher Education

  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society

  • Ragsdale Study Abroad Scholarship for Ghana Study and Service

  • Phi Theta Kappa Merit Scholarship

Pellissippi State Community College                                                                                                       2012

  • English Department Outstanding Graduate Award



Interviews and Academic Podcasts

Press Coverage



University of Michigan

Instructor of record                                                                                                       Fall 2018-Winter 2020

  • Linguistics 192: Things You Can’t Say

  • English 125: Writing and Academic Inquiry 2018-2019 academic years

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                       Winter 2020

  • Linguistics 370: Language and Discrimination

University of Kentucky                                                                                                                    2015-2017

Lead Instructor                                                                                                       Spring 2016- Spring 2017

  • Linguistics 211

  • Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies 110 and 111                                         

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                       Fall 2015-Spring 2016

  • Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center Professional Consultant

  • International Conversation Hour Moderator



University of Michigan                                                                                                                     2020-2021

  • Graduate Student Staff Assistant – Rackham Graduate School Program in Public Scholarship | Fall 2020

  • Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program Mentor | Summer 2020

University of South Carolina—Columbia                                                                                    Summer 2014

  • Internship in Lexicography, Dictionary Studies, and Oral History with Michael Montgomery

Pellissippi State Community College                                                                          Fall 2011-Summer 2015

  • Academic Advisor




  • “Title TBD” | Plenary | Chicago Linguistics Society May 2021

  • “Unpacking and Confronting Linguistic Racism” | North Dakota Learning the Language of Diversity and Meaningful Inclusion Program | 9 April 2021

  • “Linguistic Profiling: Voice-Based Discrimination and Inequities in the Housing Market” | Boise State Language, Race, and Ethnicity Speaker Series | 31 March 2021

  • “Discriminating Linguistic Differences & Inequitable Outcomes” with coauthor Rachel Elizabeth Weissler | Virginia Tech FaculTea Fireside Chats | 22 February 2021

  • Language and Discrimination: Generating Meaning, Perceiving Identities, and Discriminating Outcomes with coauthor Rachel Elizabeth Weissler| Virginia Tech VLTx | 20 October 2020

  • Being a Linguist on Social Media | Panel | Linguistic Society of America’s Webinar Series |16 October 2020

  • Linguistic Justice in the Writing Classroom | Fordham University English Department Speaker’s Series | 24 September 2020

  • Raciolinguistic Profiling: Passing for American means Speaking Without an Accent  | University of Kent’s Inspirational Speaker | 25 June 2020

  • Lexical Racialization Examined through Machine Learning | University of Michigan Information Analysis and Retrieval Winter Seminar Series | 23rd April 2019

  • Student Recipient Speaker | Donors and Scholars Reception | Pellissippi State Community College | Spring 2012

  • “What the Frack?!” A Hydraulic Fracturing Information Project | Gnosis Faculty Lecture Series | Spring 2012

  • Techmessa, Staged Reading of Ajax | Pellissippi State Community College Faculty Lecture Series | Spring 2011



  • “Linguistic Inequities: An Audit Study of Three American Dialects in the Housing Market” | Linguistic Society of America 2021 Annual Meeting

  • “Actors and Events: Racialized Semantic Intensity Over Time” | NARNiHS @ the KFLC 17 April 2020

  • “Inclusivity Pressures” | Black Becoming Panel | Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, January 2020

  • “Measuring Implicit Biases through the Statistical Properties of Language” | Pecha kucha | HiSoN July 2019

  • Augmented Reality App for Detroit Art Institute | Mellon Publicly Engaged Humanities Fellowship | Ann Arbor Public Library, May 2019

  • Lexical Racialization in Machine Learning Poster | NWAV 47 New York University, October 18th-21st 2018, New York City

  • “Covert Segregation: Dialect Discrimination in the Housing Market” | Chicago Linguistics Society April 26th-28th 2018, University of Chicago

  • Panel Discussion Race, Class, and Structural Critique | National Council for Black Studies, Atlanta, Georgia March 15th-17th 2018

  • The Five-Minute Linguist Competition | Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 3rd-6th 2018

  • “A Replication of Purnell et al. (1999)” co-authored poster with Kevin McGowan | LSA Summer Institute 2017 poster session

  • “The Reflection and Reification of Racialized Language in Popular Media” |  Purdue Language and Cultures Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana March 3rd-5th 2017

  • “Adjusting the Cost-Benefit Model of Language Planning by Incorporating Network Analysis in the Ghanaian Context” poster | Purdue Language and Cultures Conference, West Lafayette, Indiana March 3rd-5th 2017

  • UK English Department Casual Colloquium, February 23rd 2017

  • “Adjusting the Cost-Benefit Model of Language Planning by Incorporating Network Analysis in the Ghanaian Context” | 2nd International Conference on English Language, Literature, Teaching and Translation Studies, Sarajevo September 30th – October 1st 2016

  • UK Linguistics Incubator for Collaborative Digital Research September 28th 2016

  • “The Serena Williams Opprobrious Language Experiment” | Central Kentucky Linguistics Conference April 2016

  • UK English Department Casual Colloquium April 2016 Session

  • “No Ordinary Wind” | Lincoln Memorial University | Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference

  • “The Feminine Underground” | Lee University Literary Symposium 2013



  • “Language and Race” | European University | Samantha Litty’s Intro to Linguistic Anthropology | 14 January 2021

  • Mini lecture on Slurs and Ideological Change | Rob Podesva’s Language, Gender, and Sexuality| at Stanford University Fall 2020

  • Linguistic Discrimination: A General Overview | Nicholas Henricksen’s Spanish 487 | 14 May 2020

  • Linguistic Discrimination in Media and Sport | Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson’s Gender, Race, and Class course at Appalachian State | 26 March 2020

  • Measuring Change in Real and Apparent Time | Ariana Bancu’s Sociolinguistics course at Northeastern University | October 22nd 2019

  • Linguistic Profiling in the Housing Market | Savithry Namboodiripad’s Language and Discrimination course | April 11th 2019

  • Linguistic Discrimination | Israel Sanz-Sanchez’s ESP 318 course | Westchester University | March 5th 2019

  • Long-term Benefits of the Undergraduate Thesis Process | Sasha Johnson Coleman’s English Thesis Capstone | Norfolk State University | September 27, 2016

  • Ghanaian Independence | Allison Stein’s Modern World History | Pellissippi State Community College | Fall 2014



  • Experimental Sociolinguistic Research Paradigms for RAs | UC San Diego LAD Lab: Science in Action Series |10 July 2020

  • Public Scholarship at the Graduate Level | Round Table Workshop | Committee for Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics | Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, January 2020

  • Dialect Discrimination in the Workplace Workshop| UM Opportunity Hub’s Celebrate Campaign | March 10th 2019

  • A Historical Sociolinguist’s Digital Tools Starter Kit | NARNiHS | Lexington, Kentucky July 21st-23rd 2017

  • Developing a Thesis Research Topic | Sasha Johnson Coleman’s Communications Research Methods course | Norfolk State University | February 6th 2017

  • Learning Phonology through the World’s Animal Sounds | Kentucky Educational Linguistics Outreach | LingoFest 2015



  • Co-Editor for American Speech’s Among the New Words segment

  • Editor’s Assistant for Language: A Journal of The Linguistics Society of America

  • Founding Member of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS)

  • NARNiHS 2021 elections officer

  • Project South Civil Rights Oral History Documentation Initiative transcriptionist



University of Michigan

  • Serving as a Founding Member on the Steering Committee for Language Matters, the University of Michigan Linguistic Diversity and Outreach Initiative

  • Serving on the Admissions Committee for the University of Michigan LSA Department of Linguistics 2020-2021

  • Served as Co-Chair of the Colloquium Committee for the University of Michigan LSA Department of Linguistics 2018-2020

  • Served on the Undergraduate Committee for the University of Michigan LSA Department of Linguistics 2017

University of Kentucky                                                                                                                    2015-2017

  • Linguistics Club President

  • Sociolinguistics Reading Group topic curator and session leader



  • Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) Summer School, University of Adger’s Metochi Study Center, Lesbos Greece, 14-21 July 2019

  • Mellon Fellowship for Publicly Engaged Humanities, University of Michigan, Spring 2019

  • LSA Summer Institute 2017, University of Kentucky

  • R Minicourse with Dr. Bodo Winter at the LSA 2016 Annual Meeting

  • Received certification of Intermediate Turkish proficiency from the Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center

The University of Michigan

Department of Linguistics

440 Lorch Hall 

611 Tappan Street 

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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