Meghan Sumner

Associate Professor of Linguistics

Concentration Advising in:
Academic Appointments
Associate Professor, Linguistics
Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University. I conduct research examining the representations and mechanisms listeners use to understand spoken language, and how linguistic and social factors affect speech perception and word recognition. My current research centers around two main themes: (1) Investigating the effects social information cued by different voices have on memory, and the way social biases result in misremembering, and (2) Using foundational psycholinguistic methodologies to understand how speakers and speaker groups who are new to a community (e.g., the case of Syrian refugees in Germany) accommodate to cultural norms within their native languages.
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, Acoustical Society of America
Member, American Academy of Science
Member, International Speech Association
Member, Linguistic Society of America
Member, Psychonomic Society
Organizer, Testing models of phonetics and phonology at the LSA Linguistic Institute (2011 - 2011)
Reviewer, Acta Psychologica
Reviewer, Applied Psycholinguistics
Reviewer, Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Reviewer, Cognition
Honors & Awards
Hellman Faculty Scholar, Stanford University (2008-2009)
Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stony Brook University (2001)
Degrees / Education
B.A., University at Albany, Anthropology (1996)
Ph.D, Stony Brook University, Linguistics (2003)