Sonja L. Lanehart, Ph.D.
Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Phone: (210) 458-6610
Fax: (210) 458-5366
Office: MB 2.306A


Sociolinguistics, language and literacy in the African American community, language and identity, English language variation and standardization.



Sonja L. Lanehart,  Professor and Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the  Humanities, received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin  and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is a  former Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Ford Foundation  Pre-doctoral Fellow awardee, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Lilly Teaching  Fellow, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and Phi  Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She has won grants from the National  Science Foundation and other agencies. She has taught at the  University of Georgia and the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Her  teaching and research interests include: Sociolinguistics; Language,  Literacy, and Education in African American Communities; Language and  Identity; African American Women’s Language; Motivation,  Self-efficacy, and Resilience; Goal sand Possible Selves; and Language  Variation and Education.  Dr. Lanehart has published on all of the  above interests. She is a past co-editor (with Paul Schutz) of Educational  Researcher: Research News and Comment section, the lead journal of the  American Educational Research Association, which is delivered to more  than 23,000 members. She is also a past book review editor ofAmerican  Speech. She is the author of Sista, Speak, Black Women Kinfolk Talk  about Language and Literacy (U Texas Press, 2002), which received Honorable Mention in the  2003 Myers Outstanding Book Award competition sponsored by the Gustavus Myers  Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, editor of Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of  African American English (John Benjamins, 2001), and African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education, and Identity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009). She is currently at work on the Oxford Handbook of African American Language; organizing her second conference on African American Language in San Antonio to be held November 2-3, 2010; organizing NWAV39 to be held in San Antonio November 4-6, 2010; and several other research projects. .



Recent Courses


  • Language Use in the African American Community
  • Introduction to the English Language
  • History of the English Language


  • Language Use in the African American Community
  • History of the English Language
  • Sociolinguistics

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