About Me

Katherine (Kate) Yaw

I am an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of World Languages at the University of South Florida. As a researcher, I seek ways to help first (L1) and second (L2) speakers of English build their listening, speaking, and general communication skills. My primary research focuses on the role of listeners in successful communication, including language attitudes, linguistic and reverse linguistic stereotyping, perception of speech, and cognitive processing of different L1/L2 speech varieties. Additionally, I do work in research methodology and quantitative research ethics.


  • PhD, Applied Linguistics; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (May 2022)
  • International Diploma in Language Teaching Management; University of Queensland/SIT Graduate Institute/Cambridge ESOL (2015)
  • MA, TESOL; American University, Washington, DC (2008)
  • BA, Anthropology and Spanish, Linguistics (minor); University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (2005)