A Warm Welcome to New Faculty

We are excited to welcome two new faculty to the department in Summer 2024: John Hale and Margaret Renwick!

John Hale

John T. Hale, PhD

Prof. Hale received his PhD in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins. (Welcome back!) He previously held positions at Michigan State University, Cornell University, and the University of Georgia. He was a full time research scientist at Google DeepMind 2017-2018.

His research uses computational modeling and neuroimaging to study human language processing. Read more in the journal Cognitive Science or the Annual Review of Linguistics.

Research Interests: computational linguistics, corpus methods, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics

Publications on Google Scholar

Peggy Renwick

Margaret E. L. Renwick, PhD

Prof. Renwick received her PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University. She comes from a tenured position in Linguistics at the University of Georgia and is a past member of the Phonetics Laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Her research incorporates variation into models of spoken language, to answer questions about the nature of phonological contrast, the origins and realization of phonological patterns, regional accents of US English, and linguistic change across generations.

Her work on Southern accents has been featured in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Research Interests: sociophonetics, laboratory phonology, phonetics, speech acoustics, linguistics

Publications on Google Scholar