Kiel Christianson

 Kiel Christianson

Contact Information

240 Education
M/C 708
Champaign, IL 61820
Professor of Educational Psychology
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Kiel Christianson has taught at the university level in Germany, Japan, and the U.S. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and conducted the first "field-psycholinguistics" study on syntactic processing in any indigenous North American language (Odawa). He is currently Director of the Educational Psychology Psycholinguistics Lab at the Beckman Institute, and Associate Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, and Procter & Gamble.

Research Interests

  • psycholinguistics
  • bilingualism & SLA
  • reading

Research Description

Dr. Christianson studies syntactic parsing, sentence comprehension in reading and listening, reading, language production, bilingualism, and morphological processing.


  • PhD (2002, Linguistics) Michigan State University

Distinctions / Awards

  • two-time Fulbright recipient


  • NSF CAREER Award (2009-2014)