Christine Mallinson is the inaugural Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship. On September 1, 2022 she was appointed Special Assistant for Research & Creative Achievement and APLU-CoR Fellow in the Office for Research & Creative Achievement. She is also Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, and Affiliate Professor of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies at UMBC, where she has worked since 2006. An expert on language and educational inequality, her research examines language as a socially and culturally embedded phenomenon and seeks to dismantle notions about cultural and linguistic difference while informing policy. Past associate editor of the journal American Speech, Mallinson currently serves on the Ethics committee of the Linguistic Society of America and is its immediate past chair. She is also a member of its Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology & Anthropology and an M.A. in English Linguistics, both from North Carolina State University, and a B.A. in Sociology and German from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit christinemallinson.com.