Ethan Kutlu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ethan is an experimental linguist and the principal investigator of the VoiceLab (Variability of identity through context and experience lab). He earned his master’s degree in Cognitive Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Florida. Ethan’s work is grounded in the perceptual and social experiences of linguistically diverse individuals and their underlying neural and behavioral mechanisms. He is particularly interested in how speech perception is shaped by ecological factors (attitudes towards linguistic diversity in a specific location), personal social network diversity, and individual factors (experience with linguistic diversity, age, and identity). Ethan uses a variety of psycholinguistic, electrophysiological, and network science tools to explore the crossroads of language, cognition, and the environment. Ethan’s work has been funded by different grant agencies such the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Ethan currently serves as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports and the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psycholinguistics and serves as an Associate Editor for Applied Psycholinguistics and Frontiers in Psychology. He co-founded the ROLE Collective (Reframing our language experience). This collective works towards addressing linguistic inequalities in different systems such as research and education. Some of Ethan’s work has been highlighted in the Vocal Fries Podcast, and in his own TEDxUF speech. For more information about Ethan’s work, please visit

Research areas
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Speech perception
  • Multilingualism
  • Network Science
Ethan Kutlu
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Florida
M.S. in Cognitive Science, Carleton University
Contact Information

459 Phillips Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States