Anne Curzan


Anne Curzan is a professor of English at the University of Michigan since 2012 and dean of its College of Literature, Science, and the Arts since 2019.[1]

Anne Curzan
Anne Curzan - Anatol Rodgers Lecture.jpg
Curzan in 2015
Academic background
Alma materYale University (BA)
University of Michigan (MA, PhD)


Curzan received a bachelor of arts in linguistics summa cum laude from Yale University in 1991. She received a master of arts and a doctor of philosophy in English language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1995 and 1998, respectively.[1]

Curzan is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel and the American Dialect Society, which votes on the Word of the Year. She writes regularly for The Chronicle of Higher Education's language blog, Lingua Franca, and is a co-host of the program That's What they Say on Michigan Radio.[citation needed]

In 2019, she was appointed dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.[2]

Awards and honorsEdit

Curzan has received awards for her work, including the Henry Russel Award,[3] the Faculty Recognition Award,[4] and the John Dewey Award.[5]


  • ISBN 978-0205032280 How English works: A linguistic introduction
  • ISBN 978-0472067329 First day to final grade: A graduate student's guide to teaching, with Lisa Damour
  • ISBN 978-0521820073 Gender shifts in the history of English
  • ISBN 978-1598038934 The secret life of words: English words and their origins
  • ISBN 978-1107020757 Fixing English: Prescriptivism and language history


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae – ANNE CURZAN – September 2018" (PDF). University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. 2018-08-17. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-10-10. Retrieved 2022-10-10.
  2. ^ "Anne Curzan appointed dean of LSA". University of Michigan. 20 June 2019. Archived from the original on 14 July 2020. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Henry Russel Award". University of Michigan. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Faculty Recognition Awards". University of Michigan. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ "John Dewey Award Recipients". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.