Sonja Lanehart

About Sonja Lanehart

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; Goals and 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 of American 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 recently published The Oxford Handbook of African American Language (Oxford University Press, 2015).


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Ph.D. 1995. English Language and Literature (English Language and Linguistics). University of Michigan.

M.A. 1991. English Language and Literature (Medieval Studies). University of Michigan.

B.A. 1990. English (Minor, Educational Psychology). University of Texas at Austin.