An associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Ohio State University, Dr. Wagner earned her doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. She specializes in how children acquire language and learn about meaning, and has held academic positions at universities that include UMass-Amherst and Wellesley College.
Dr. Wagner’s research looks at various dimensions of meaning, including children’s understanding of temporal and event semantics, as well as their understanding of social indexical meanings coded in dialect and register.
Dr. Wagner lends a high degree of linguistics research expertise to the Museum’s governance. As the director of the Language Sciences Research Lab at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI), she helps to educate the public about research methods and the science of language.
Dr. Wagner joins the Museum’s passionate and diverse group of language professionals at a time of rapid growth. As we expand our virtual presence through new exhibits, articles, and partnerships, we are excited to welcome Dr. Wagner and look forward to a productive year in language exploration.