Nominations for the Program Committee are solicited every spring.  Please contact the Secretariat staff, to indicate your interest in serving on this committee at the next available opportunity. 


Established in 1968.


The LSA Constitution, Article IV, Section 3 states:

The Program Committee shall have responsibility for the scholarly content of the Society's meetings and for recommending general policies on the form of the meetings to the Executive Committee for action.

Article VI, Section 3 states:

Titles and descriptions of papers to be read before the Society must be submitted to the Program Committee beforehand and its disposition of such papers, including a possible limitation of the time to be devoted to them, shall be final.


Members of the Program Committee are expected to read, evaluate, and rate all abstracts blind prior to the meeting; approve, add, change, and/or delete any statements in the abstract guidelines; set up the program; and provide a list of linguists to be invited to chair sessions. The Chair is expected to attend the Annual Meeting and Business Meeting at the end of his/her tenure. Committee members are not precluded from submitting abstracts. Beyond evaluating abstracts, the Committee is encouraged to seek input on meeting format and other content from LSA members.

Membership (by invitation)

To express interest in receiving an invitation to serve on this committee, please contact the Secretariat staff.

The LSA Constitution, Article IV, Section 3 states:

There shall be a Program Committee consisting of members appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee, each to serve for a period of three years. Each year the President shall appoint one of the senior members as Chair.

A student representative, nominated by the Program Committee Co-chairs with input from the Committee on Student Issues and Concerns, also serves for a period of three years.  [Note: this is not part of the constitutional mandate.]

Committee Members, 2023

  • Sarah Murray, Cornell University,  Senior Co-chair (2023)
  • Kristine Yu, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Senior Co-chair (2023)
  • Kamil Deen, University of Hawaii , Junior Co-Chair (2024)
  • Viviane Deprez, Rutgers University,  Junior Co-Chair (2024)
  • Vera Lee-Schoenfeld, University of Georgia, Incoming Junior Co-Chair (2025)
  • Elizabeth Zsiga, Georgetown University, Incoming Junior Co-Chair (2025)
  • Grant Armstrong, University of Wisconsin (2024)
  • Anna Babel, The Ohio State University (2023)
  • Bronwyn Bjorkman, Queen's University (2025)
  • Isaac Bleaman, UC Berkeley (2025)
  • Maeve Eberhardt, University of Vermont (2024)
  • Daniel Ginsberg, American Anthropologica Assn (2025)
  • Nancy Hall, California State University Long Beach (2024)
  • Laura McPherson, Dartmouth (2024)
  • David Quinto-Pozos, University of Texas at Austin (2023)
  • Andrea Sims, The Ohio State University (2023)
  • J. Michael Terry, University of North Carolina (2024)
  • Guillem Belmar Viernes, MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Student Member (2024)
  • Executive Committee Liaison: Michel De Graff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Staff Liaison: Margaret Vitullo