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Nandi Sims
sociolinguistics & ethnicity

Nandi standing at the beach looking cool with sunglasses on

Postdoctoral Scholar
College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Florida International University


I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment at Florida International University.

My primary research interests lie in language variation and change stemming from situations of ethnic contact in the US. I study the variation related to social identities, institutional ideologies, and the hegemonic structure of race.

I have conducted research on a number of topics including historical variation in African American Language morphosyntax, English prosodic rhythm comparisons between South Florida ethnicities, and the relationship between the language, ethnicity, and social identity of pre-teens.

Dissertation: Race, ethnicity, interests, and linguistic variation at a primarily Black Miami middle school


2021 Ph.D., Linguistics, The Ohio State University
2013 M.A., Linguistics, Florida International University
2010 M.A., Education: Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, The College of William and Mary
2009 B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies: Environmental Geography, The College of William and Mary