Meet the Team

UCSB-HBCU Scholars in Linguistics Program Staff

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Co-Primary Investigators

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Mary Bucholtz is a Professor of Linguistics at University of California Santa Barbara. Her research focuses primarily on how social identities and cultural practices are brought into being through linguistic interaction.

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Anne Harper Charity Hudley is the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America and Director of Undergraduate Research for the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Anne was previously Associate Professor of Education, EnglishLinguisticsAfricana Studies and the William and the inaugural William and Mary Professor of Community Studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She directed the William and Mary Scholars Program and was the co-director, with Cheryl Dickter, of the William and Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience. Her research and publications address the relationship between language variation and Pre K-16 educational practices and policies. Dr. Charity Hudley is a native of Richmond, Virginia.

Teaching Associate


Kendra Calhoun is a Ph.D student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the connections between language and race in social media contexts, highlighting forms of Black digital activism that are excluded from mainstream discourses about social activism. Her M.A. thesis analyzed racial comedy on the social media platform Vine, and her current research analyzes discourse practices of Black Tumblr users. Kendra received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, double majoring in English Language and Literature and Psychology and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Program Mentors


Jamaal Muwwakkil is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics department and a native Californian, originally from the beautiful city of Compton. For undergrad, he transferred from Los Angeles City College to UCLA, where he majored in Applied Linguistics. His current research investigates the discourse of politically conservative student groups and language socialization among Black college students.  He is also the President of Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA).

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deandre miles-hercules is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from Cheverly, Maryland, they obtained a B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Their research focuses on language as a nexus for race, gender, and sexuality in the domains of social identity and power, specifically as it pertains to Black queer and trans communities. They are also interested in intersectionality as praxis, discourse analysis, and genre theory.

Program Coordinator

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Jazmine Exford is a Ph.D. student in the Linguistics Department at UCSB aiming to emphasize in Applied Linguistics. Jazmine received her B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish at the University of California, Riverside in 2017. Her research has focused on identity and voice modality, emergent orthographic conventions of African American Language in computer mediated communication, semiotics of emojis, and Black American college students learning Spanish as a second language.