I am Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics with a joint appointment in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Georgia. I am also faculty in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute where I serve as the coordinator for the Quechua Language Program.

For an overview of my current (and recent) projects, go to my research page, which also includes recent/forthcoming publications and presentations. For news regarding current research, teaching, graduate student goings-on, and other follies, please check out my Twitter feed. For information regarding my current class schedule and office hours, please consult my contact information below. My current cv has the most up-to-date summary of what’s going on.

Current students are encouraged to consult the Resources page of my website. This (non)exhaustive list provides an overview of different resources that will help in your research, teaching, and non-UGA life. Prospective students might have a look at the list of students whose work I’ve directed.

Current Schedule (Fall 2022)

Sociolinguistics (LING 4860): Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:50-2:40

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the study of language in its cultural and social dimensions, with an emphasis on language variation and use. Throughout the semester we will focus on issues related to theory, methodology and application relevant to the various subfields in sociolinguistics. Language, like any human behavior, is shaped by constructs such as power, culture, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, social status, and social class. All of these influence the ways in which people interact with each other through communicative exchange (oral and otherwise). We will have the opportunity to discuss macro- as well as micro-level approaches to the study of language and society, looking at a variety of and perspectives.

Language variation in social media (SPAN 8450): Mondays, 3:00-5:50

Course Description: This course focuses on linguistic analysis of Computer- or Digitally-mediated communication. We will focus specifically on issues related to the Romance Languages and their use in popular forms of social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.). Topics will include the representation of dialects in digital language, linguistic change in social media, and prescriptive pressures in computer-mediated communication, illustrated with the #dudaRAE hashtag used by the Real Academic Española. The course will introduce students to contemporary methods in gathering and analyzing social media data (e.g., R and Python). Students will be encouraged to work on topics related to any Romance Language. Taught in Spanish.

Linguistics Proseminar (GradFIRST): Fridays, 1:50-2:30
Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:30-1:30
Office: 218 Gilbert Hall (also via Zoom as needed)
Graduate Coordinator (Department of Linguistics)

I serve as Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Linguistics. Current students should feel free to contact me regarding advisement and any other program-related questions. Prospective students are encouraged to contact me as well with questions related to UGA’s graduate offerings in linguistics. Below are a few helpful links for students (current and prospective):

As you start the process of starting and managing a graduate program in linguistics, potential applicants should take some time to read about the challenges of pursuing a post-graduate degree. Below are a few resources that are definitely worth a read.

  1. Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students by Monica Macaulay
  2. The Professor Is In by Karen Kelsky
  3. The New PhD: How to build a better graduate education by Leaonard Cassuto and Brobert Weisbuch
  4. A PhD is not enough: A Guide to Survival in Science by Peter J. Feibelman
  5. Good Work If You Can Get It: How to Succeed in Academia by Jason Brennan
  6. This is a really helpful list of suggestions for graduate students prepared by Dr. Guilherme D. Garcia.

Review Editor for SHLL
I also serve as the Review Editor for the journal Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics. Reviews of academic books (e.g., monographs, edited volumes, handbooks, etc.) are generally solicited individually. If you would like for your book or volume to be considered for a review in SHLL, please have your commissioning editor arrange for a copy to be delivered to us. If you are working on a review, I strongly suggest reading the many excellent samples that have been published in previous volumes. There are also a number of useful guides and how-to’s available that can help you as you put together your submission–such as this article by Casey Brienza from Inside Higher Ed and this insightful resource prepared by Tala Khanmalek.

Franklin Diversity Fellows (’21-’23)

In Fall 2021, I was chosen to participate in the 2021-23 cohort of the Franklin Diversity Fellows (formerly known as the Administrative Fellows in Diversity Leadership). This opportunity is coordinated by Dr. Jean Martin-Williams, Associate Dean in Franklin College, and Nakia Wade, and I’ll be joined in this venture by Dr. Carolyn Medine, Professor of Religion and Director of the Institute of African American Studies. I am honoured, and quite frankly humbled, to have been selected and look forward to engaging and productive experience learning about about DEI initiatives at UGA and in the broader academic community.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

Chad Howe

Department of Romance Languages

University of Georgia

218 Gilbert Hall

Athens, GA 30602-1815


  • Email: chowe AT uga.edu
  • Tlf: 706-542-1075 (ROML)/706-542-5099 (LING)
  • Fax: 706-542-3287 (LING)

This is me.