Anne Charity Hudley

Anne Charity Hudley
  • Assistant Professor, English Director, Linguistics Laboratory
  • Archived Blogger

About Anne Charity Hudley

Anne H. Charity Hudley is Assistant Professor of English and the inaugural William & Mary Professor of Community Studies. She is also the Director of the Linguistics Laboratory.

Anne was raised in Varina, Henrico County, Virginia, where her family still lives. She graduated cum laude from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, where she attended kindergarten through twelfth grade. She earned a BA magna cum laude and a MA from Harvard University both in 1998. She earned a PhD in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 where she studied with William Labov, the founder of variationist sociolinguistics. Anne was awarded a Ford Dissertation Fellowship in 2003 and from 2003-2005 years she was the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellow in Residence at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Anne received a National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2005. She joined the William and Mary faculty in Fall 2005 and was awarded a National Science Foundation Minority Starter Grant in 2008. Her local affiliations and dedication to the local community drew her back to Virginia and to William & Mary and they are the driving force behind her most basic interests as an academic.

Anne teaches community centered courses on American Speech, African-American English, language variation and change, language and education and speaker’s attitudes towards language variation in the United States. She and her students serve in Williamsburg James City County schools as well as in independent schools in the Richmond area.

Anne’s research interests are situated at the intersections of linguistics, psychology, African-American Studies and education. Her publications address the relationship between language variation and K-16 educational practices and policies. She has published articles in Child Development, Language Variation and Change, American Speech, and in several book collections on African-American English and Education including the Handbook of African-American Psychology. With Christine Mallinson of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, she co-authored a book entitled Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schoolsthat was invited by James Banks, the editor of the Teachers College Press Multicultural Education Series and a founder of the field of multicultural education.

She has worked with K-12 teachers through lectures and workshops sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers and by public and independents schools in many districts including Washington DC, Orlando, FL, New Orleans, LA, Cleveland, OH, Philadelphia, PA and Richmond, VA. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Orchard House School in Richmond, VA. She has guest taught courses for teachers and education researchers at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and teaches every summer at Virginia Commonwealth University in their summer workshop series for classroom teachers. Anne has also worked as a consultant to the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Broadening Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and currently serves as a consultant to the National Research Council’s Committee on Language and Education.

Posts by Anne Charity Hudley

Preparing for the Linguistic Society of America and American Dialect Society Annual Conference

Happy New Year! I'm writing from the Hilton Baltimore, where today I'm co-leading an American Dialect Society's panel entitled "Cultivating Socially Minded Linguists: Service Learning

The first semester of Introduction to Community Studies comes to an end

The first class of Introduction to Community Studies students  ended the semester very well and their final papers and project plans definitely exceeded all

Kira Allmann is William and Mary’s Newest Rhodes Scholar

Congratulations to Kira Allmann, William and Mary's latest Rhodes Scholar! From the press release: "Kira C. Allman, Williamsburg, is a senior at the College of William

Introduction to Community Studies!

Next Wednesday we will officially launch the new minor in Community Studies! The Community Studies minor is designed to complement any academic major and will support

New National Science Foundation Research Starter Grant

I just got word that I have been awarded a National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship Starter Grant. The

Guest Blogger: Chappell Fellow Rachel Granata

Chappell Fellow rising senior Rachel Granata is keeping a blog of her summer research experiences. Rachel is a Linguistics and Education major and she

Villarreal Guest Blog

My senior thesis student Daniel Villarreal is my guest blogger for this entry. As he is truly one of the most outstanding students at

Language Variation Workshop for Educators Workshop June 22-26, 2008

In the summer, I like to visit other schools to broaden my teaching experience and to make new personal and professional connections that I

Linguists as Agents for Social Change

Linguists have not been shy about promoting social change. Some linguists have centered their activism efforts on language policy and linguistic rights, and others