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Professor of Linguistics Emerita, American University

Professor Baron is interested in electronically-mediated communication, writing and technology, the history of English, language acquistion in children, and higher education. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Fulbright Fellow, and Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, she has published eight books. Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World won the English-Speaking Union’s Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Award for 2008. Her most recent book is Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (2015). Her forthcoming book is How We Read Now: Strategic Choices for Print, Digital, and Audio.

Professor Baron taught at Brown University, Emory University, and Southwestern University before coming to American University in Washington, DC, where she has served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Department of Language and Foreign Studies, and Director of the TESOL Program.

Professor Baron has appeared extensively in the media, including interviews on Good Morning America, ABC News 20/20, CNN, The Diane Rehm Show, All Things Considered, the BBC, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, New Yorker, Fortune, and Time.


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    Professor Emerita, American University