Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Susan Ervin-Tripp: A Life of Research in Psycholinguistics and Work for the Equity of Women

Interviewee(s):
Ervin-Tripp, Susan
Interviewer(s):
Farrell, Shanna
Title:
Susan Ervin-Tripp: A Life of Research in Psycholinguistics and Work for the Equity of Women
Abstract:
Class of 1931 Annual Oral History Interview on University History: Professor Susan Ervin-Tripp was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1927. She attended high school during the Great Depression and completed her undergraduate education at Vassar College where she studied psychology. She earned her doctorate in psychology from University of Michigan. Her dissertation was on the link between bilingualism and cognition, which led her to a career in psycholinguistics. She worked on the Southwest Project in Comparative Psycholinguists and studied languages like Navajo, Spanish, and Tewa and their effect on cognitive performance. She came to the University of California, Berkeley in 1958 as a visiting professor in the Psychology Department before moving to the Speech Department (which is now the Rhetoric Department). She was an early adopter of technology as she used audio and video recordings, as well as computer data, for her research on children’s language in the 1980s. She has had a guest lectureship at Harvard University, done work at Stanford University at their Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Studies, presented at multiple international conferences and participated in a 1985 Scientific Exchange program with France. Before retiring from UC Berkeley in 1999, she helped make significant advanced for women’s equality on campus and was involved in multiple efforts to create such change. She also worked as the University Ombudsman.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Interview date(s):
2016
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Rights:
Ervin-Tripp, Susan. "Susan Ervin-Tripp: A Life of Research in Psycholinguistics and Work for the Equity of Women." Interview by Shanna Farrell in 2016. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2017.