Director of the Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment

Phillip Carter

In a memorandum sent out by Dean Michael R. Heithaus, we’ve learned Dr. Phillip Carter has been appointed Director of Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment (CHUE).

Dr. Carter joined FIU as an assistant professor of linguistics for the Department of English in 2011, and was promoted to associate professor in 2018. He has served as the assistant director of the Linguistics Program within the department since 2018. He earned both his BA in Spanish Language and Literature and his MA in English from North Carolina State University, and completed his PhD in Linguistics from Duke University in 2009 with a graduate certificate in feminist studies. In 2018, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, completing his term in the University of Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Carter is a sociologist and scholar of language and culture, focusing on immigrant and ethnolinguistic minority communities in the United States. He is the co-author of Languages in the World: How History, Culture, and Politics Shape Language, and has published multiple articles, essays and chapters in leading journals. His current research focuses on understanding the complexities of language and identity in Miami. Part of this research included directing the Miami English Project, which seeks to be the first, large-scale comprehensive study of the English language in South Florida. He is a leader in public linguistics and an advocate for bilingual education, appearing in multiple media outlets such as CNN en español, Univision, Telemundo, Inside Edition and radio talk-shows.

As director, Dr. Carter will lead the Center in its mission to unite humanities scholars in conducting innovative research, supporting student success and enhancing community engagement.