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Robert Podesva (Associate Professor)

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Personal bio
Rob Podesva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University, B.A. from Cornell University, and he is a former faculty member of the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. He teaches a variety of courses on sociolinguistic variation, language and identity, and phonetics. His research examines the social significance of phonetic variation in the domains of vowels, consonants, prosody, and voice quality. He is particularly interested in how individuals draw on phonetic resources to construct identity, most notably gender, sexuality, race, and their intersections. His current projects investigate the linguistic practices of residents of communities in Northern California and Washington, D.C., gay professionals, and U.S. politicians. He has co-edited two volumes on the topic of language and sexuality and is currently editing a collection on research methods in linguistics. He lives in San Francisco.

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