Texas Tech University

Linguistics - Faculty

There are a number of professors in the Department of English whose backgrounds include training in the English language, linguistics and closely related areas. Core faculty with tenure-stream appointments in linguistics in our department are Drs. Hurst and Kim.

Linguistics Faculty

  • Mary Jane Hurst (PhD, University of Maryland) Professor. Areas include linguistics and language in literature, language and gender, sociolinguistics
  • Min-Joo Kim (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Associate Professor. Areas include semantics, syntax, and their interface; formal pragmatics and language acquisition
  • Aaron Braver (PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) Assistant Professor. Areas include phonetics, phonology, and their interface; laboratory phonology; incomplete neutralization; sub- and supra-phonemic distinctions

Related Faculty in the English Department

  • Ken Baake (PhD, New Mexico State University) Technical communication, rhetoric of science, metaphor
  • Julie Nelson Couch (PhD, Brown University) Middle English language and literature, medieval studies, romance
  • Brian McFadden (PhD, University of Notre Dame) Old English language and literature, history of English
  • Sean Zdenek (PhD, Carnegie Mellon) Technical communication, discourse studies, technology studies, sociolinguistics, language and gender

Faculty in Other Departments

There are a significant number of linguistics and language-related faculty at the university in many different departments. Many of these professors regularly teach courses that can be used toward the various undergraduate and graduate programs in linguistics on campus, including those administered by the Dept. of English.

Classical and Modern Literatures and Languages

  • Stefanie Borst (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) German linguistics, technology in language instruction
  • Erin Collopy (PhD, University of Washington) Russian, Russian linguistics
  • Stephen Corbett (PhD, Purdue) Spanish
  • Idoia Elola (PhD University of Iowa) Second language writing, Spanish linguistics
  • Andrew Farley (PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Structured input, second language processing and production
  • Dale Griffee (EdD, Temple University Japan) Evaluation and research design
  • Greta Gorsuch (EdD, Temple University) Applied linguistics; Language testing, research methodology, curriculum and course design
  • Kimi Nakatsukasa (PhD, Michigan State University) Applied linguistics, Japanese, Chinese
  • Diego Pascual y Cabo (PhD, University of Florida) Heritage speakers bilingualism, second language acquisition
  • Joseph Price (PhD, Indiana University) French linguistics, sociolinguistics

TTU Health Sciences

  • James Dembowski (PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison) Acoustic and articulatory phonetics, speech disorders
  • Sue Ann Lee (PhD, UT-Austin) First and second language acquisition, phonetics, bilingualism

College of Education

  • Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz (PhD, UCLA) Bilingual education, testing
  • Alfredo Benavides (PhD, Michigan State University) Bilingual education
  • Eva Midobuche (EdD, Texas A&M University) Bilingual education
  • Comfort Pratt (PhD, Louisiana State University) Spanish & Portuguese, Applied Linguistics
  • Dora Salazar (EdD, Texas Tech University) Bilingual education
  • Ana Torres (PhD, Texas Tech University) Latino language identity, bilingual education

College of Engineering

  • Nelson Rushton (PhD, University of Georgia) Computer Science, neural network implementations of predicate logic, information retrieval, semantic web
  • Michael Gelfond (PhD, Steklov Mathematical Institute) Knowledge representation and reasoning, logic programming, answer set programming


  • Patrick Hughes (PhD, University of Denver) Intercultural communication, interpersonal communication


  • Alex Grzankowski (PhD, UT-Austin) Philosophy of language, Philosophy of mind
  • Christopher Hom (PhD, University of California at Irvine) Philosophy of language and linguistics, epistemology, metaphysics


  • Yi-Yuan Tang (PhD, Dalian University of Technology & Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Neuroimaging (fMRI/PET/EEG), cognitive, affective and social neuroscience, computational neuroscience
  • Roman Taraban (PhD, Carnegie Mellon University) Psycholinguistics, cognition, connectionist modeling, reading comprehension

Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology

  • Jeff Williams (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) Anthropological linguistics, Creole languages, Papua New Guinea


Department of English