To join the Committee on Public Policy, email Dr. Evan Bradley, the committee's chair.


Established in 1988 as the Committee on Social and Political Issues. "Issues" changed to "Concerns" in 1992, "Concerns" changed to "Policies" in 2009. The phrase "Public Policy" was substituted for Social and Political Policies in 2011.


To advance the field of linguistics through public policy initiatives.


The work of the Committee includes, but is not limited to:

  • encouraging expanded government, foundation, and private funding for linguistics research
  • advancing the policy positions of the LSA with regard to linguistics as a scholarly profession and as an academic discipline

The committee works closely with the Executive Director, other committees of the LSA, and the various delegates/liaisons to colleague organizations with an interest in policies affecting the sciences and humanities.

The Committee also recommends to the Executive Committee policies concerning official responses by the LSA to such issues as (a) political pressures affecting the ability of linguists to pursue their research and (b) legislation or regulations concerning a range of language or linguistic issues. The Committee also brings to the attention of the LSA membership social or political issues that they should be aware of. The Committee may be called upon by the Executive Committee to draft responses or position papers on specific issues or to initiate inquiries. The Committee should keep in mind that such responses and position papers, once approved by the Executive Committee and/or endorsed by the membership, will be in the public domain and may be widely circulated. A subcommittee may be established from time to time by the Executive Committee to monitor and consult with government and other agencies on specific social and political issues.

Membership (open)

At least 6 members, serving three-year terms.

Committee Members

    Evan Bradley, Penn State Brandywine, Chair
    Cristina Banfi, Universidad de Buenos Aires
    John Baugh, Washington University, St. Louis
    John Boyle, Northeastern Illinois University
    Claire Carden, Center for Justice, Spokane, WA
    Donna Christian, Center for Applied Linguistics
    Tom Conners, University of Maryland
    Gary Holton, University of Hawaiʻi
    Jeff  Kaplan, San Diego State University
    Sharon Klein, California State University, Northridge
    David Lightfoot, Georgetown University
    Diane Lillo-Martin, University of Connecticut
    Anne Lobeck, Western Washington University
    Viola Miglio, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Push Mukerjee,
    Vaidehi Ramanathan, University of California, Davis
    Maxwell Hope Schmid, University of Delaware
    Peter Torres, University of California, Davis
    Maya Wax Cavallaro, California State University, Northridge

Executive Committee Liaison: Larry Hyman
Staff Liaison: Alyson Reed