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Dr. Erin Callahan

Erin Callahan

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences


Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3925
Office: 414 Coulter Building
Personal Website:
Pronouns: she/her/hers


Erin Callahan teaches classes in linguistics, TESOL, and English Education at WCU. She received her B.A. in Linguistics at Yale University, where she did fieldwork in the French West Indies on Guadeloupe Creole, and her M.A. in English from N.C. State. She grew up in Charlotte (N.C.) and is a proud, native North Carolinian. She has taught high school Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in the public school systems in Durham and Granville Counties and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the Summer Institute in English at NC State University and at a bilingual school in Querétaro, México. She has worked as a journalist at alternative weekly newspapers in Stamford, CT and Charlotte, NC. She is a former rugby player, current beagle-lover, and longtime documentary film buff.


  • Ph D, Duke University
  • MA, Duke University
  • BA, Yale University

Teaching Interests

Linguistics (sociolinguistics, contact varieties, Hispanicized/Latinx varieties of English); TESOL; English Grammar

Research Interests

Ethnic Dialects of English, Language Variation and Change, Sociolinguistics and Second Language Acquisition, Contact Linguistics

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