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Kiel Christianson

Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education,Linguistics,Educational Psychology, and Beckman Institute

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Kiel Christianson has taught at the university level in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and conducted the first "field-psycholinguistics" study on syntactic processing in any indigenous North American language (Odawa). He is currently Director of the Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab at the Beckman Institute, and Associate Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, and Procter & Gamble.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • psycholinguistics
  • bilingualism & SLA
  • reading

Research Description

  • Dr. Christianson studies syntactic parsing, sentence comprehension in reading and listening, reading, language production, bilingualism, and morphological processing.


  • PhD (2002, Linguistics) Michigan State University

Distinctions / Awards

  • two-time Fulbright recipient


  • NSF CAREER Award (2009-2014)