Teresa Pratt (Ph.D. Stanford University, 2018) is Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the English Department. She teaches courses introducing language structure and on sociolinguistics, the history of English, phonetics and phonology, and language in relation to notions of race and colonization. She joined SFSU after teaching for two years in at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany during her postdoctoral studies, and was lecturer faculty at SFSU in 2017 while she completed her Ph.D. work.
Pratt works on sociolinguistics and social semiotics. Her research uses ethnographic and sociolinguistic methods to examine how linguistic forms and bodily practices co-construct personas and styles. She conducted a one-year ethnographic study of teenagers at a Bay Area arts-focused public high school, as well as multiple short-term fieldwork trips across California (Bakersfield, Eureka, Sacramento, and Salinas). In her most recent work, she explores teenagers' linguistic and bodily practices of 'chill' or 'loud' affect, and how affect connects with students' positioning in the high school political economy. In past work, she has examined sociophonetic aspects of the California Vowel Shift, and its embodied portrayal in parodic performance on SNL's The Californians.
Pratt has been a Marcus Undergraduate Research Mentor and a recipient of the Marcus Research Assistantship Grant. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, and Language Variation and Change.