Christine Mallinson is Director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship, which houses the grants administration unit, the Maryland Institute for Policy, Analysis, and Research (MIPAR). 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 the chair of the Ethics committee of the Linguistic Society of America and 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.