Anthropology Faculty

H. Stephen Straight  H. Stephen Straight

   Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Linguistics
   PhD, University of Chicago, 1972
   +1 (607) 727-7351
   Science 1, Room 220
   Curriculum vitae (PDF, 375kb)

Research interests

H. Stephen Straight is a linguist specializing in psycholinguistics: the study of language comprehension and production and their acquisition and use. He has studied French, German, Japanese, Yucatec Maya, Spanish and Romanian; performed field work in Yucatan; and was a Fulbright senior lecturer for a year in Romania. He is the founding director of Binghamton's signature and award-winning Languages Across the Curriculum program ( He became professor emeritus in 2010 after a ten-year stint as Binghamton's vice provost for undergraduate education and international affairs. In addition to pursuing activities in his various areas of scholarly interest, Straight continues to serve as an external consultant on languages and the comprehensive internationalization of higher education.

Recent Publications and Public Presentations

2014  ​Multicultural, multilingual higher education in the age of anglophonization. Organizer and co-presenter with Hans de Wit (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Karen M Lauridsen (Aarhus University), Annual Meeting, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); Washington, DC, 16-19 February [PowerPoint and handout available at]

2013  ​Bilingual higher education in the US: Needs, resources, prospects. Refereed paper, Forum XL, Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS); Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 29 July-1 August

2013  CLAC and multilingual K-16 education in the US. Refereed paper, Eighth International Conference on Language Teacher Education, sponsored by the National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC) and Qatar Foundation International; George Washington University, Washington, DC, 30 May-1 June

​2013  Ferdinand de Saussure. Invited article, in R Jon McGee & Richard L Warms (eds), Theory in social and cultural anthropology: An encyclopedia, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2:748-753 [ISBN 978-1-4129-9963-2]

​​2013  Generative grammar. Invited article, in R Jon McGee & Richard L Warms (eds), Theory in social and cultural anthropology: An encyclopedia, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1:318-320 [ISBN 978-1-4129-9963-2]

2012  Cultures and languages across the curriculum. Keynote speaker, INTO Staff Conference; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 13-14 April

​​2009  The role of FL departments [in curricular internationalization]: Enabling and fostering ubiquitous use of languages. ​​Modern Language Journal, 93.4:624-627.

​​2008  ​"But where does that leave French?"' ​​InsideHigherEd, 5 May,​ ​
2008  ​Twenty-first century US international education imperatives.  Keynote speaker, International Education Week, SUNY Cortland ​, 20 November ​​​ ​[]

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