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Gretchen Montgomery

Ph.D. Program, Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Bailey 6C


Gretchen Montgomery is a PhD candidate in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses primarily on language attitudes, ethnolinguistic identity, and intergroup communication. She has specific interests in the ways in which identity is shaped by and communicated through language. Additionally, her research interests include the influence of ingroup identification on behaviors and attitudes. Her recent research has explored the effect of accent stereotyping on native English speakers’ perceptions of social attraction and intergroup anxiety toward a nonnative-English-speaking target speaker. For future research endeavors, Gretchen hopes to further explore the intergroup perceptions between native and nonnative English speakers, especially highlighting the perspective and experiences of English-language-learners. She is currently exploring the stereotypes and metastereotypes between native and nonnative English speakers, as well as the effects of stigma, ethnolinguistic pride, and perceived accentedness on English-language-learners’ psychological well-being and life satisfaction. Her research is guided by several theoretical perspectives, including communication accommodation theory, the acculturation framework and interactive acculturation model, integrated threat theory, and stigma management communication. Outside of research and teaching, Gretchen enjoys hiking with her dog, Fiona, gardening, and cooking.

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