For more information contact:
Professor Deborah Keller-Cohen
University of Michigan
Department of Linguistics
48048 Frieze Bldg.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
Ph: (734) 763-9176
Fax: (734) 936-3406
Program in Women's Studies
1122 Lane Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290
Ph: (734) 615-6608
Fax: (734) 647-4943
Deborah Keller-Cohen received her Ph.D. in 1974 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Professor of Linguistics,
Women's Studies and Education at the University of Michigan.
Professor Keller-Cohen has conducted research on a wide range of areas using ethnographic, experimental, archival and textual methodologies.
Her work on literacy has examined both contemporary and historical American contexts with a focus on everyday understandings of reading,
writing and speaking. She has examined literate practices in a credit union, how people understand and use the phone bill and how colonial
Americans conceived of literacy. As a discourse analyst, her work has explored how people tell their life stories with particular emphasis on
individual and gender-related differences. Her newest line of work is concerned with language and aging with a focus on the oldest old, those
over 85. In particular she is examining the relationship between the maintenance of language skills and the nature of one's social environment
and how gender, education and cognition affect that relationship.