The Language of Inclusion | The UCSB Current

It’s a truism that words matter. Anne H. Charity Hudley knows that how we say them conveys a wealth of information about our social status, education, where we’re from and much more. Indeed, that variation in language, especially among African Americans, is the focus of Charity Hudley’s highly regarded scholarship as a linguist.

Her research will continue at UC Santa Barbara. Charity Hudley is the first North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America in the campus’s Department of Linguistics. She will also serve as the director of undergraduate research for the school’s College of Letters and Science. She comes to UCSB from the College of William & Mary.

 “Professor Charity Hudley is the ideal scholar to hold the North Hall Chair in the Linguistics of African America, not only due to her intellectual brilliance and professional prominence but also because of her innovative blending of scholarship and social and educational justice,” said Matthew Gordon, professor and chair of UCSB’s linguistics department. “Her work powerfully demonstrates that these two pursuits are not and cannot be separated, and that linguists must be at the forefront of efforts to achieve a more equitable academy and society.”

Charity Hudley said her dual roles on campus complement one another. As the North Hall Endowed Chair, she will “focus on enhancing social sciences and a humanistic approach into thinking about African American language and culture.” Her work as director of undergraduate research, she said, will key on “enhancing the undergraduate research experiences and opportunities on campus.”

“If you really want to make sure your university is more inclusive, particularly for African American students, coming through what the heart of a university is, research, I think that’s really the way to do it,” Charity Hudley explained. “Combining the two positions will really allow me to get at the heart of making sure opportunities will…

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