Hannah Haynie earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Linguistics at Yale University and in Cultural Evolution and Biocultural Diversity at Colorado State University before coming to CU.
Professor Haynie's research focuses generally on linguistic diversity, language prehistory, and language change. She takes a special interest in languages of North America and the linguistic diversity of the California area. Her work is driven by an interest in how linguistic diversity arises from processes of language change that operate at multiple spatiotemporal scales, and curiosity about the competing pressures that shape language change and language diversity. With an interdisciplinary background, Dr. Haynie integrates linguistic analysis with methodological approaches inspired by work in geography, ecology, and evolutionary biology to investigate these questions.