Senior Lecturer

Ben rejoined the Linguistics Program in 2021 after being a dual faculty member in Education and Linguistics from 2018-2019. In the interim he taught courses for the Education for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Program, working interdisciplinarily across educational linguistics, multilingualism, language policy, and equity literacy. From 2014-2019, he also provided ESOL courses for the Global Gateway Program and multilingual writing courses for the Department of English. Off campus, he has been engaged in outreach education related to intercultural communication for the New American Project (Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity), the Poverty and Opportunity Forum (Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity), and the South Burlington School District. Prior to moving to Vermont, he spent eight years at the University of New Mexico, where he taught courses in linguistics and ESOL, co-coordinated the Center for English Language and American Culture, and worked as a research assistant to Joan Bybee in the Department of Linguistics. Apart from teaching and researching, Ben enjoys scouring Burlington for the next hidden-gem restaurant, listening to world and indy music, playing djembe, making art, paddleboarding, and most of all, reveling in family game night!

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Functional usage-based linguistics, corpus linguistics, language change, historical and present-day Englishes, sociolinguistics, educational linguistics, language policy, intercultural communication, phonetics, phonology, child language development


  • PhD in Linguistics, University of New Mexico
  • MA in English (Applied Linguistics/TESOL Program), University of Montana


Office Location:

Waterman 507

Office Hours:

Spring 2022: R 10:00 - 11:00 in-person, virtual by appointment