About Professor Curzan

curzanAProfessor Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English and Associate Dean for Humanities in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. She holds faculty appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Education as well. Professor Curzan also served as the Faculty Athletics Representative for the University of Michigan from 2012 to 2016. She received the University’s Henry Russel Award for 2007, the Faculty Recognition Award in 2009, the 2012 John Dewey Award, and the Linguistic Society of America’s Linguistics, Language, and the Public Award in 2016.

Professor Curzan’s research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. Professor Curzan can be found talking about language on the blog Lingua Franca for the Chronicle of Higher Education, in short videos on the LSA Wire, in the column “Talking About Words” in Michigan Today, and on the segment “That’s What They Say” on Michigan Radio. Her TEDx talk at UM called “What makes a word ‘real’?” has over 1.2 million views on the national TED site. She and her co-author Lisa Damour also run T.A. training workshops around the country.