John Baugh

Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts & Sciences; Professor, Linguistics

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Baugh is a renowned linguistics expert who has published extensively in that field, as well as in legal affairs, sociology and urban studies. His work bridges theoretical and applied linguistics, particularly in relation to policy and social equity.

Baugh has conducted extensive research regarding the social stratification of linguistic diversity and is actively engaged in ongoing research that examines the evolution and dissemination of English and other European languages in post-colonial contexts throughout the world. He is a past president of the American Dialect Society and a member of the usage advisory committee for the American Heritage English Dictionary. Baugh has also served as consultant on several documentary films related to American language and as an expert witness in court cases where matters of voice recognition and language attitudes have been central.

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Baugh selected as Bellagio Center resident scholar

Baugh selected as Bellagio Center resident scholar

John Baugh, the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts & Sciences, will begin research for a new book on linguistic profiling as part of an April 2016 scholar-in-residence program at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy.

Baugh named fellow of Linguistic Society of America

John G. Baugh, PhD, the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of 10 distinguished scholars to be honored as 2015 fellows of the Linguistic Society of America.   

Learning about diversity in recruitment, hiring and retention​​

On March 26, the Campus Diversity Collaborative and Human Resources Department teamed up to offer a panel discussion in College Hall on “Diversity in Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention: Challenges and Resources.” More than 80 staff and faculty members heard from panelists who discussed their research expertise and professional experience related to diversity and inclusion.


Book cover for Linguistics in Pursuit of Justice by John Baugh

Linguistics in Pursuit of Justice

This book is the culmination of John Baugh’s studies on linguistic discrimination, that addresses how speakers of dialects, foreign language speakers, the deaf, people who sound like they belong to a racial minority and others are discriminated against linguistically.