Fellow, Linguistics & Race Relations
John McWhorter┬áis a┬ápolitical commentator and Professor of Linguistics┬áat┬áColumbia University.┬á McWhorter received a B.A. in French from Rutgers University, a Masters in American Studies from NYU, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford. ┬áHe┬áwas an Associate Professor┬áof Linguistics at Cornell and then at Berkeley before becoming┬áa Senior Fellow at the┬áManhattan Institute, a libertarian think-tank. ┬áJohn┬áis a Contributing Editor at┬áThe New Republic┬áand a weekly columnist for┬áThe Daily Beast. ┬áHe has also┬áwritten columns regularly for┬áThe Root,┬áThe New York Daily News,┬áThe Daily,┬áand Time Ideas.
Much of John’s┬áacademic research┬ábegan with creole languages, but his work┬áhas expanded into a general investigation of how adults acquiring a language tend to “undo” much of the inherent complexity of ancient┬átongues. ┬áHis courses for┬áThe Teaching Company┬áinclude┬á”The Story of Human Language,” “Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language,” and “Myths, Lies and Half-Truths About English Usage”.
McWhorter┬áhas published a number of books both on linguistics┬áand on race relations, including┬áLosing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America, and he┬ámakes regular public radio and television appearances on related subjects. ┬áHe has been interviewed on┬áNPR┬áand spoken at┬áTED, and he┬áhas appeared on┬áPenn & Teller: Bullshit!,┬áThe Colbert Report,┬áand┬áReal Time with Bill Maher.