Hi, I'm Doug, founder of Boilerplate Digital and lead editor for Boilerplate Consulting. I have a Ph.D. in Linguistics and over a decade of experience in multimedia curriculum and instruction. Whenever possible, I focus on language as outreach— creating interactions that are more inviting for queer people, women, and people of color.

You can find my full academic profile on Academia.edu, and the indie game narratives I'm creating over on Boilerplate Media. As a quick sample of my work, check out my Publications, Teaching Experience, and Public Talks, below.


I’ve published in many forms of media, from online magazines like Slate to peer-reviewed academic journals. Here are some highlights of my published writing.

Online Essays and Outreach Sites

  • Bigham, D.S. (2014 – 2016). Lexicon Valley (online blog by Slate Magazine); contributor.
  • Bigham, D.S. (2013 – 2014). Popular Linguistics (video series). Instructional videos for introductory linguistics courses; creator/developer.
  • Bigham, D.S. (2011). Popular Linguistics Magazine (online magazine; no longer available). Monthly online magazine focused on language and linguistics research; creator and head editor.

Research Websites

  • Bigham, D.S. (2012 – current). San Diego Speaks! (research website). Interactive research website for the San Diego Project at San Diego State University; creator/developer.
  • Bigham, D.S. & L. Hinrichs. (2009-2011). Texas English Project & Texas English Interactive. Research display websites for the Texas English Project at UT-Austin; developer and editor.

Peer-Reviewed Academic Journal Papers

  • Bigham, D.S. (2012). Emerging Adulthood in Sociolinguistics. Language & Linguistics Compass, 6(8), 533-544.
  • Bigham, D.S. (2012). The Evolutionary-Emergence Model of Language Change. In: G. de Vogelaer & G. Seiler (eds.). The Dialect Lab: Using Dialects as a Testing Ground for Theories of Language Change. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Ch. 2, pp. 33-52.
  • Bigham, D.S. (2010). Mechanisms of Accommodation among Emerging Adults in a University Setting. Journal of English Linguistics 38: 193-210.
  • Bigham, D.S. (2009). Correlation of the Low-Back Vowel Merger and trap-Retraction. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, 15(2), Article 4.
  • Bigham, D.S. (2003). Dude, What was I Talking About?: A New Sociolinguistic Framework for Marijuana Intoxicated Speech. Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Symposium About Language and Society – Austin, Texas Linguistic Forum, 45: 11-21.

Teaching Experience

I’ve taught a number of non-affiliated classes for summer programs and company workshops; I was a professor at San Diego State University from 2011-2016; and I was an Instructor at the University of Texas at Austin from 2005-2007. I also developed an online video series for teaching linguistics—Popular Linguistics— available on YouTube. I've taught a lot of different courses; highlights include...

  • The Language Village
  • Introduction to Language & Linguistics
  • Introduction to Language and Digital Humanities
  • Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond!
  • Queer Linguistics
  • Language, Mind, & Society
  • Historical Linguistics – Methods
  • Fieldwork Methods
  • Sociology of Language

Public Talks

I like talking in public. Performances, dramatic readings, and TED-style talks about language, technology, and identity are my jam. If you’re interested in hiring me to speak at your event or to your group, email: boilerplatedigital+doug@gmail.com

Public Performances

  • Reader, Greetings from Queer Mountain, "No Thanks", November 2017
  • Reader, Greetings from Queer Mountain, "Being Gay in 2016", June 2016
  • Reader, Greetings from Queer Mountain, "What's Linguistics?", February 2016

Invited Talks and Keynote Addresses

  • 2015, May. Digital Humanities & Digital Literacy. Invited lightening talk for “ReBoot 2.0” – a Digital Humanities colloquium, 19 May 2015, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
  • 2015, May. Digital Literacy in Linguistics. Presentation at the Center for Teaching & Learning’s Digital Pedagogy Showcase – Digital Communication Across The Curriculum, 12 May 2015, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
  • 2014, April. Queer Accents & Linguistic Identity. Invited talk for the LGBTQ Research Consortium. 15 April 2014, Pride Center, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
  • 2011, May. The Role of Sexuality in the Construction of Gender. Hunter Undergraduate Language & Linguistics conference (HULLS), 7 May 2011, Hunter College, New York.

Conference Presentations

  • 2017, April. Klingon for Content. Drupalcon, Baltimore.
  • 2017, March. Content Strategy for Conversational Devices. Austin UXPA, in conjunction with Amazon for SXSW.
  • 2015, January. Rethinking Digital Humanities & Linguistics. Part of the Popularizing Linguistics through New Media datablitz panel at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, Portland, OR.
  • 2014, October. Punks, Queers, and Anarchists: Linguistic Variation from the Outside. Poster presentation at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 43, Chicago, IL.
  • 2014, August. Naïve Categorization of American English Vowels. Methods in Dialectology XV, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • 2013, September. Southwestern US English: Indexing "Local" Identity in Dialect Contact Settings via Performance Speech. Fifth International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE 5), Austin, TX.