Jonathan Choti
(517) 355-8358

B-380 Wells Hall

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and Cultures

Assistant Professor
African Languages


B.A. English Language, Linguistics, Swahili, M.A. English Language & Linguistics, Egerton University, Kenya

Ph.D. Linguistics (2015), Michigan State University

Jonathan Choti is an Assistant Professor of African Languages and Cultures. He teaches Swahili and a course in the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (CISAH) that focuses on African cultures, languages, and literature. He is also the faculty leader of a 6-week summer education broad program known as Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania. He is a member of a number of professional bodies, e.g. the Association of Contemporary African Linguistics (ACAL), the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), African Language Teachers’ Association (ALTA), Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA), and Chama cha Ukuzaji wa Kiswahili Duniani (Chaukidu). Choti’s research interests focus on the phonology and morphology of Bantu languages, Swahili, the pedagogy of minority languages, and language documentation. He is the 2019 recipient of the Mid-Michigan Spartans Quality in Teaching Awardco-recipient of the 2020 Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship, recipient of the 2020-2021 Lilly Fellowship, and the 2020 Summer Hub Faculty Fellowship Program.

Awards and Honors

University News

Jonathan Choti Receives Carnegie Fellowship for Educational Project in Kenya
Published June 7, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Jonathan Choti, an African-born scholar and Assistant Professor of African Languages and Cultures at Michigan State University, will engage with counterparts in Kenya this summer as part of the…Read now »
Integrative Arts and Humanities (IAH) Offers New and Innovative Courses
Published November 20, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Delivering general education curriculum in the arts and humanities requires some ingenuity to put the human experience into context. Faculty and instructors who teach in MSU’s Center for…Read now »
CAL in the Classroom
Published November 16, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters Alumni and retired faculty and staff had the opportunity to attend a virtual event on November 7 where attendees got an insider’s look at the…Read now »
Study Abroad Wins Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship
Published June 8, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Jonathan Choti, Assistant Professor of African Languages in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, and two doctoral students, Pauline…Read now »
Two Professors to Receive Quality in Teaching Awards
Published October 18, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Two Professors from the College of Arts & Letters are recipients of the 2019 Mid-Michigan Spartans Quality in Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom instruction through the…Read now »