Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, Columbia University; Author, Words on the Move
John McWhorter is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, teaching linguistics, Western civilization, and music history. He’s a regular columnist on language matters and race issues for TIME and CNN, writes on language for The Atlantic, and hosts the “Lexicon Valley” podcast at Slate. McWhorter was a contributing editor at The New Republic from 2001 until 2014. A contributor to several outlets, he’s the author of multiple books on linguistics and race, including The Power of Babel; Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue; Talking Back, Talking Black; and Losing the Race. The Teaching Company has released four of his audiovisual lecture linguistics courses, and he appears regularly on Bloggingheads.TV.