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Nancy Stern
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|Graduate Center
Office Hours: 500
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Linguistics, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.Phil., Linguistics, The Graduate Center, CUNY
B.A., Sociology, The College of William and Mary
Research Interests: Functionalist linguistics, bilingualism, language and education
Nancy Stern is an Associate Professor and in the Linguistics Program at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Programs in Bilingual Education & TESOL at The City College of New York and. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, and her research centers on English grammar from a radically functionalist Columbia School perspective.  In addition to work in theoretical linguistics, Nancy has published in the fields of teacher education, and bilingualism (including 'On So-Called Spanglish,' 2011, with Ricardo Otheguy). A former department chair and former director of the Programs in Bilingual Education & TESOL, she is currently Project Director of the Multilingual Learner Project, a five-year National Professional Development Program funded by the US Department of Education, and is a Co-PI in the CUNY-Initiative on Immigration and Education (CUNY-IIE. In addition, Nancy serves as a co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Columbia School Linguistics, on the executive committee of the Columbia School Linguistic Society, and on the Academic Council and national leadership committee of American Friends of Combatants for Peace, a bi-national Palestinian/Israeli peace organization.

Awards and Grants
  • Principal Investigator, Multilingual Learner Project
  • Co-Principal Investigator, CUNY-Initiative on Immigration and Education
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • Columbia University Seminar on Columbia School Linguistics, Seminar Co-Chair
  • Columbia School Linguistic Society, Vice President – Finances
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Stern, Nancy. 2019.  Grammar as Expressive Choice:  Ourself and ThemselfLingua  226, 35-52.
  • Kleyn, Tatyana & Nancy Stern. 2018.  Labels as Limitations.  MinneTESOL Journal. Spring 2018.
  • Stern, Nancy.  2018.  Ditransitives and the English System of Degree of Control:  A Columbia School analysis. In First Names: How theoretical primitives shape the search for linguistic structure (Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy) ed. by Daniel Erker and Naomi L. Shin.  Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 157-188.
  • Otheguy, Ricardo & Nancy Stern. 2011.  On so-called Spanglish.  International Journal of Bilingualism 15(1), 85-100.