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2021 Jefferson Prize

The Jefferson Prize honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research and creative activity.

Jessica Grieser

Jessi GrieserJessi Grieser is assistant professor of English linguistics in the department of English. Her work focuses on the use of ethnoracially-linked language like African American English in the expression of identities not explicitly racial in nature. Her book, The Black Side of the River, is forthcoming later in 2021 from Georgetown University Press.

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