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Jessi GrieserJessi Grieser

Assistant Professor

216 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6969
Fax: (865) 974-6926
Personal Website:
Twitter Profile: @jessgrieser


Jessi Grieser is a sociolinguist who specializes in discourse analysis, geosemiotics, and sociophonetics. Currently, her research agenda focuses on the use of African American English (AAE) in expressions of the intersectional identities of race, place, and social class. She is writing a monograph which looks at the use of AAE in constructing place identity for residents of a historically African American neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Her other research interests include language diffusion on the world wide web, especially discourse in fan communities.

She is a member of the Linguistics Interdisciplinary Program committee, and supervises Linguistics undergrads as well as English undergrads and graduate students.


  • Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics, Georgetown University
  • M.S. in Sociolinguistics, Georgetown University
  • A.B. in English and Anthropology, University of Michigan


  • Grieser, Jessica. 2013. "Locating Style: Style-shifting to Characterize Community at the Border of Washington, D.C." University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 19(2): Selected Papers from NWAV 41. (Requested reprint of Grieser, Jessica. 2012. [t]inking about Takoma: Race, style, and identity at D.C.’s border. Texas Linguistic Forum. 55.) 2013

Associations & Organizations

  • Member, Linguistic Society of America
  • Member, American Dialect Society

Invited Lectures

  • Southern Illinois University Department of Linguistics. February, 2016. African American English at the Intersection of Race, Place, and Class.