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Zion Ariana Mengesha

Zion Ariana Mengesha

Zion Ariana Mengesha

Department of Linguistics

Zion Mengesha is a doctoral student in the Department of Linguistics. Her research focus is in connecting linguistics to social justice using research methodologies of sociolinguistics, laboratory phonology, phonetics and psycholinguistics. At Stanford, she conducts research on the implications of language attitudes for educational and legal outcomes, and conceptualizes how to integrate students’ diverse ethnolinguistic needs into classroom pedagogy. She also researches sociocognitive models of speech processing, such as how socio-indexical information conveyed through phonological and lexical variation influences linguistic memory. She attended the University of California, Davis for her undergraduate studies, where she double majored in Linguistics and Philosophy. She wrote an honors thesis on teachers’ language attitudes toward African American English in northern California public schools which earned the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research. At UC Davis, Zion was the peer advisor for linguistics majors as well as a member of the UC Davis Restorative Justice Taskforce. She enjoys mentoring underrepresented minority, first-generation, and low-income students.