Natalie Phillips, Assistant Professor of English, specializes in 18th-century literature, the history of mind, and cognitive approaches to narrative. She is a leading figure in the emerging field of literary neuroscience, pioneering a series of interdisciplinary experiments that use neuroscientific tools, such as fMRI and eye tracking, to explore the cognitive dynamics of literary reading.
Suzanne Evans Wagner is an assistant professor in the Linguistics program. Her research addresses the social and linguistic factors that cause language changes to occur over time. To understand all these factors, large amounts of natural language data in both written and spoken form are needed. Her students are involved in the collection, processing and analysis of this data in the MSU Sociolinguistics Laboratory. Through this work, undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to learn research skills using real texts and recordings.