Karthik Durvasula


B463 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesSecond Language Studies

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Delaware

Karthik Durvasula’s research seeks to answer questions related to the nature of phonological representations, especially phonological features, and the techniques linguists can use to probe them. Phonological research over the last 20 years or so has greatly benefited from its emphasis on experimental work, and in his more recent work, he has adopted this strategy by employing a variety of experimental techniques to get at questions related to speakers’ knowledge of phonological representations and generalizations.

University News

MSU Linguist Receives NSF Grant for Cutting-Edge Research in Word Pattern Recognition
Published December 19, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
Most people can recognize what words are real and which ones aren’t in the languages they know. However, sometimes a nonsense word might sneak through, especially when the word sounds and looks a…Read now »
Faculty Promotions for 2022
Published December 1, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize the faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term. Full Professor…Read now »
College of Arts & Letters Students Earn First-Place Awards at UURAF
Published April 22, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
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Three College of Arts & Letters students earned first-place awards for their presentations at Michigan State University’s 24th Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)….Read now »
Study Explores Gender Bias in Linguistics, Expands to Multiple Universities
Published November 10, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Three faces side by side. The first is a smiling bald man near water. The second is a smiling woman with light brown hair. The third is a smiling man with glasses and dark brown hair.
In 2017, Karthik Durvasula, Assistant Professor in MSU’s Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures, saw a conversation on social media about a linguistics conference where there were only…Read now »
MSU Linguistics Ascends Rankings as a Solid Choice for Scholarship
Published June 22, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University’s Linguistics program is ranked among the top places in the field for study, research, and employment…Read now »
College Welcomes New Faculty and Staff Members
Published August 22, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes 28 new faculty and staff members. They include the following:  Sara Allison Sara Allison, Administrative Business…Read now »
Enhancing Graduate Education Through Cross College Workshop
Published May 17, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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All this week, a cross-college workshop, R Statistics Bootcamp, was offered at Michigan State University, giving graduate students and researchers the opportunity to learn more about the statistical…Read now »
Finding Success in Linguistics Research
Published April 19, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Attending Michigan State University was an easy choice for Linguistics major Scott Nelson, whose parents both graduated from MSU, but determining a major wasn’t as easy until he found a home in…Read now »