Nancy Niedzielski received her B.A. and M.A. from Eastern Michigan University and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara. She researches a wide array of areas in the field of Linguistics, including sociolinguistics, speech perception, acoustic phonetics, dialectology, language and gender, linguistics and clinical speech therapy, speech technology, and AAVE. More than a dozen of her articles have been published in journals, and her book, co-authored with Dennis R. Preston, is titled Folk Linguistics and was published in 2000.