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Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona

McKee's research and teaching emphasize the psychological processes that people use in learning, understanding, and speaking/signing language. She's been a professor of linguistics at the University of Washington and the University of Arizona. She was also director of the National Science Foundation's Linguistics Program for a couple of years. Her citation as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science encapsulates her career well: "For distinguished contributions to developmental psycholinguistics, particularly experimental design for demonstrating children’s knowledge of syntax, and for distinguished service in promoting public awareness of the significance of linguistic study."


  • –present
    Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona


  • 1988 
    University of Connecticut, PhD / Linguistics