Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics and the College
Sharese King is a sociolinguist who examines the relationship between race and language. Drawing on both ethnographic and experimental techniques, her research explores how African Americans use language to construct multidimensional identities, how linguistic styles come to be racialized as Black, and the social and political consequences of this racialization.
Her work has been published in the field’s flagship journal, Language, and the Annual Review in Linguistics. She has also been featured on the Vocal Fries Pod podcast and Rap Genius. In addition, she co-authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on linguistic bias against African American English.
She obtained her BA cum laude in linguistics from the University of Rochester, and her MA and PhD in linguistics from Stanford University, where she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Most recently, she was a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago.