Core Faculty

  • Dorothy Ahn

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: dorothy.ahn (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, syntax/semantics mapping

    Office: Room 305

    Office Hours Spring 2023: Mondays 2:00-3:00pm (1 Spring St. Room 241; sign up on Calendly)

  • Crystal Akers

    Acting Undergraduate Program Director 

    Online Program Coordinator

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    Title: Assistant Teaching Professor

    Contact: cakers (at) rutgers.edu

    Contact for Undergraduate Matters: undergrad (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu 

    Interests: On-line pedagogy, linguistics curricular development, phonological learning

    Advisor for Speech and Hearing Certificate and Club

    Office Hours Spring 2023: Thursdays 10:00-11:00am and by appointment; sign up athttps://calendly.com/cakers-ling. I’ll be available on Zoom using the link in the StudentSupport/ Office Hours page on Canvas; in-person appointments may be available later.

  • Akinbiyi Akinlabi

    Title: Professor

    Contact: akinlabi (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu, 732-932-8432

    Interests: Phonology, morphology, Optimality Theory, West African linguistics

    Office: Room 202

    Office Hours Fall 2022: Wednesdays 2:30-4:00pm

  • Peter Alrenga

    Title: Assistant Teaching Professor

    Contact: peter.alrenga (at) rutgers.edu

    Office Hours Spring 2023: Mondays 4:00-5:30pm & Thursdays 11:00am-12:00pm, or by appt. (via Zoom)

  • Mark Baker

    Graduate Program Director

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    Title: Distinguished Professor

    Contact: mabaker (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Contact for Graduate Program Matters: grad (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Interests: Comparative syntax, linguistic universals, semantic roles, Amerindian and African languages

    Office: Room 203

    Office Hours Fall 2022: TBD

  • Simon Charlow

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    Title: Associate Professor

    Contact: simon.charlow (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Semantics, scope and quantification, syntax/semantics interface

    Office: Room 203A

    Office Hours Fall 2022: TBD

  • Viviane Déprez

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    Title: Professor

    Contact: deprez (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Interests: Comparative syntax, syntax/semantics interface, Romance and Creole languages

    Office: Room 201

    Lab: Comparative and Experimental Linguistics Lab

    Office Hours Spring 2023: Online Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm or by appt. (in person or on Zoom)


  • Adam Jardine

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    Title: Associate Professor

    Contact: adam.jardine (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Phonology, learning theory, computational linguistics, language documentation, typology, mathematical linguistics

    Office: Room 205A

    Office Hours Fall 2022: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00pm

  • Adam McCollum

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: agm132 (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Interests: Phonology, laboratory phonology, phonology-phonetics interface, fieldwork, language documentation, Central Asian and West African languages

    Office: Room 303

    Office Hours Spring 2023: Tuesday 9-10am, or by appt.

  • Troy Messick

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: troy.messick (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Syntax, Morphology, pronouns, agreement, ellipsis

    Office: Room 302

    Office Hours Spring 2023: Mondays/Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm (on Zoom or in-person)

  • Ken Safir

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    Title: Distinguished Professor

    Contact: safir (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Interests: Syntactic theory, binding theory, Germanic and African linguistics

    Office: Room 106

    On Leave Fall 2022

  • Kristen Syrett

    Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education, SAS

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    Title: Associate Professor

    Contact: kristen.syrett (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Language acquisition, psycholinguistics, experimental semantics and pragmatics, syntax/semantics interface

    Office: Room 304

    Lab: Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies (RuCCS, A102/A136)

    Student Support Hours Spring 2023: Thursdays 11 am - 12 pm and by appointment (on zoom)

  • Bruce Tesar

    Department Chair

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    Title: Professor

    Contact: tesar (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Computational learning & parsing, Optimality Theory, phonology

    Office: Room 109

    Office Hours Fall 2022: In-Person: Mondays 2:00-3:00, and by appt.  Online (Zoom): by appt. Contact the instructor via email to schedule an appt.

  • Yimei Xiang


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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: yimei.xiang (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Semantics, Syntax-Semantics interface, Chinese & East Asian linguistics

    Office: Room 205

    Office Hours Fall 2022: Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am (online)

Emerita/-us Faculty

  • José Camacho

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    Title: Professor

    Dr. Camacho is now at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Contact: jcamacho (at) uic.edu

    Interests: Spanish syntax, second language acquisition, language contact, Amazonian linguistics

  • Veneeta Dayal

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    Title: Distinguished Professor Emerita

    Dr. Dayal is now at Yale University.

    Contact: veneeta.dayal (at) yale.edu

    Interests: Semantic theory, Cross-Linguistic Semantics, Syntax-Semantics Interface

  • Maria Bittner

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    Title: Professor Emerita

    Contact: mbittner (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Interests: Cross-linguistic semantics and pragmatics, discourse dynamics, Kalaallisut

  • Paul de Lacy

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    Title: Professor Emeritus

    Contact: delacy (at) rutgers.edu

    Interests: Phonology, morphology

  • Jane Grimshaw

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    Title: Distinguished Professor Emerita

    Contact: grimshaw (at) linguistics.rutgers.edu

    Interests: Syntactic theory, lexical representation, Optimality Theory


  • Alan Prince

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    Title: Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

    Interests: Phonology, Optimality Theory, prosodic morphology