degree. Later, he attended Rutgers University and received a B.A. in French in 1985. He received a master's degree in American Studies from New York University and a Ph.D.
in linguistics in 1993 from Stanford University. After graduation McWhorter was an associate professor of linguistics at Cornell University from 1993 to 1995 before taking up a position as associate professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1995 until 2003. He left that position to become a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, and a columnist for the New York Sun. Since 2008, he has been a lecturer at Columbia University. He has published a number of books on linguistics and on race relations and makes regular public radio and television appearances on related subjects. He has spoken many times on National Public Radio and is an occasional contributor on Bloggingheads.tv.
He has appeared twice on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, once in the profanity episode in his capacity as a linguistics professor, and again in the slavery reparations episode for his political views and knowledge of race relations. He is also the author of the courses titled "Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language" and "Story of Human Language" for The Teaching Company. His 2003 Authentically Black has been interview-reviewed on booknotes.org. McWhorter characterizes himself as "a cranky liberal Democrat." In support of this description, he states that while he "disagree(s) sustainedly with many of the tenets of the Civil Rights orthodoxy," he also "supports Barack Obama, reviles the War on Drugs, supports gay marriage, never voted for George Bush and writes of Black English as coherent speech." McWhorter additionally maintains that the conservative Manhattan Institute, for which he has worked, "has always been hospitable to Democrats." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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