Professor Sonja Lanehart received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is a former Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow awardee, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, Lilly Teaching Fellow, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She has won grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies and has taught at the University of Georgia and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Lanehart has published on all of her teaching and research interests, which include sociolinguistics; language, literacy, and education in African American communities; language and identity; African American women’s language; motivation, self-efficacy, and resilience; goals and possible selves; and language variation and education. A professor of linguistics in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Lanehart will spend a quarter of her time teaching in the College of Education.