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Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics, Birmingham City University

Robert Lawson is an Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics at Birmingham City University. He has held posts at the University of Pittsburgh (Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar, 2012-13) and the University of Jyväskylä (Junior Visiting Professor, 2019-2020). He has publications in several major international journals, including Discourse, Context and Media, English World-Wide, Gender and Language, Social Media + Society, and Journal of Sociolinguistics. He is the editor of Sociolinguistics in Scotland (Palgrave, 2014), the co-editor of Sociolinguistics: Application and Impact (Routledge, 2016), and the author of Language and Mediated Masculinities (Oxford University Press, 2023). His current research interests include language and masculinities in online spaces, language in the public eye, and developing public engagement with sociolinguistic research.


  • 2018–present
    Associate professor, Birmingham City University
  • 2013–2018
    Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University
  • 2009–2013
    Lecturer, Birmingham City University


  • 2009 
    University of Glasgow, PhD/Linguistics
  • 2005 
    University of Glasgow, M.Phil
  • 2004 
    University of Glasgow, M.A. (Hons)


  • 2016
    Sociolinguistic Research: Application and Impact, Routledge
  • 2014
    Sociolinguistics in Scotland, Palgrave

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • International Language and Gender Association
  • Linguistics Society of America
  • American Anthropological Association