Daniel Lefkowitz is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin after completing an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in anthropology from Dartmouth College. His first book was on the politics of language (Arabic/Hebrew) and identity (Palestinian/Jewish) in Israel, but he is currently working on a book that assesses how Hollywood used the dialects (of English) spoken by film characters to build (and, later, debunk) cultural stereotypes. He is interested in a wide range of sociolinguistic phenomena – such as why so many American girls and women use creaky-voice when they speak – and the impact these cultural phenomena have on people’s lives and life chances. He has served as chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia and has directed its Middle East Studies Program.