Bio


Anne H. Charity Hudley, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at Stanford University. Her research and publications address the relationship between language variation and educational practices and policies from preschool through graduate school. She has a particular emphasis on creating high-impact practices for underrepresented students in higher education. Charity Hudley is the co-author of three books: The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research; We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom, and Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools. Her fourth book, Talking College, will appear in the spring of 2022.

Her other publications have appeared in Language, The Journal of English Linguistics, Child Development, Language Variation, and Change, American Speech, Language and Linguistics Compass, Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, and many book collections, including The Handbook of African-American Psychology, Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Literacy Education, Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics, and Oxford Handbook of Language in Society. She has been an invited speaker for numerous keynotes and academic meetings, provides lectures and workshops for K-12 teachers, and generously contributes to community initiatives and public intellectual work.

Professor Charity Hudley is a senior faculty member in the Graduate School of Education’s program Race, Inequality, and Language in Education and also contributes to CCSRE. Her significant contributions to the field have been recognized with a Public Engagement Award from the Society for Linguistic Anthropology; an award from the Linguistic Society of America; and funding from NIH, NSF, the Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, among others. Professor Charity Hudley has served on the Executive Committee of the Linguistic Society of America; the Standing Committee on Research of the National Council of Teachers of English; as a consultant to the National Research Council Committee on Language and Education; and to the NSF’s Committee on Broadening Participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Sciences. In addition, she has served as an Associate Editor for Language, served on the editorial board of Language and Linguistics Compass, and the Linguistic Society of America Committee on Linguistics in Higher Education.

Dr. Charity Hudley was previously the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America at U.C. Santa Barbara. At U.C. Santa Barbara, she also served as the Director of Undergraduate Research, Vice-Chair of the Council of Planning and Budget, and a Faculty Fellow for the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning (CITRAL).

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Director of Undergraduate Research, University of California Santa Barbara (2017 - 2021)

Honors & Awards


  • Rising Star Faculty nominee, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (2009)
  • Image Award: The individual who best embodies the spirit of a vibrant&diverse William&Mary community, The College of William and Mary (2010)
  • Alumni Fellowship Award (one of five professors selected annually), The William and Mary Alumni Association (2011)
  • Rising Star Faculty nominee, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (2011)
  • Homecoming Parade Judge (student selected), The College of William and Mary (2012)
  • Raft Debate Winner (for the Humanities), The College of William and Mary (2012)
  • Image Award: Best group effort for the William and Mary Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience, The College of William and Mary (2013)
  • Faculty Speaker, Candlelight Ceremony Commencement, The College of William and Mary (2013)
  • Appreciation for service to the Virginia State University Honors Program, Virginia State University (2015)
  • Ladies of Alpha Women’s Month Award, The College of William and Mary (2015)
  • African-American Male Coalition Faculty Award, The College of William and Mary (2015)
  • Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, The College of William and Mary (2015)
  • Outstanding Faculty Nominee, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (2015)
  • Raft Debate Tournament of Champions Winner (for the Humanities), The College of William and Mary (2016)
  • Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award, Society for Linguistic Anthropology (2016)
  • NAACP Outstanding Faculty Award, The College of William and Mary (2017)
  • Ladies of Alpha Faculty Award, The College of William and Mary (2017)
  • Honorary Class Marshall, The College of William and Mary Class of 2017 (2017)
  • Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award, Society for Linguistic Anthropology (2018)
  • UCSB Faculty/Staff Member of the Month, National Association of College and University Residence Halls (2019)
  • Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award, Linguistic Society of America (2019)

Professional Education


  • B.A., Linguistics, Harvard University (1998)
  • M.A., Linguistics, Harvard University (1998)
  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania (2005)

2021-22 Courses


Stanford Advisees


  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Kahdeidra Martin
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Jaylen Pittman

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