Professor John McWhorter, Ph.D.

Professor John McWhorter
  • Columbia University
  • Stanford University
Far from being a language in decline, we have reason to believe that English, with all its beauty and quirks and illogicities, will be carried far into the future.
Dr. John McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He previously was Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University. Professor McWhorter specializes in language change and language contact. He is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language; The Word on the Street, a book on dialects and Black English; and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care. A Contributing Editor at The New Republic, he has also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Time, and The New Yorker. Frequently sought after by the media, Professor McWhorter has appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, Today, Good Morning America, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, Up with Chris Hayes, and Fresh Air.

"Dr. McWhorter is one of the best lecturers I have seen or heard He makes a subject that I have no previous experience with come alive."


"Wow! Great professor. What a great panorama he paints. He sweeps you right through the entire history of humankind in a very illuminating and understandable journey."


"Dr. Mcwhorter caught my interest and attention on the first lecture and never lost it. His depth of knowledge and charming style of presentation made me look forward to listening to more."

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