Katie Carmichael

Katie Carmichael

Katie Carmichael

Assistant Professor


407 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-7712


Department Membership



  • Sociolinguistic variation
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Language varieties in the Southern U.S.
  • Post-Katrina Greater New Orleans
  • Acadiana

Professional Activities

  • Co-Director, Virginia Tech Speech Lab
  • Co-Director, VTLx (Linguistics network at Virginia Tech)
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • American Dialect Society
  • Society for Linguistic Anthropology


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, 2014
  • M.A. Tulane University, 2008
  • B.A. Tulane University, 2007

Research Interests

    Selected Publications


    • Carmichael, Katie. (2015). Where Y’at Since the Storm?: Linguistic effects of Hurricane Katrina. In Simon Dickel & Evangelia Kindinger (eds), After the Storm: The Cultural Politics of Hurricane Katrina. Transcript Verlag: Bielefeld, Germany. 149-163.
    • Dajko, Nathalie & Katie Carmichael. (2014). But qui c’est la différence?  Discourse Markers in Louisiana French: The case of "but" vs. "mais." Language in Society 43: 159-183.
    • Carmichael, Katie. (2013). The performance of Cajun English in Boudreaux and Thibodeaux jokes. American Speech 88(4): 377-412.
    • Wanjema, Shontael, Katie Carmichael, Abby Walker, & Kathryn Campbell-Kibler. (2013). Integrating teaching and large-scale research through instructional modules. American Speech. 88(2): 223-235.