Professor Judith Baxter

Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics

Judith Baxter

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It is with great sadness that the School of Languages and Social Sciences announces the loss of Judith Baxter, Professor of Applied Linguistics, an inspirational colleague and dear friend. After a walk in her beloved Porlock in Somerset on 24th February with husband Brian, her death later that afternoon was completely unexpected but mercifully swift.  Alongside Brian, she leaves behind her mother and two daughters.

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In 2015, Judith was awarded the role of Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics. Previously, she was Head of English Language in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. Judith was also Co-Director of Aston’s Research Centre for Interdisciplinary research in Language and Diversity (InterLAND), which brought together colleagues in applied linguistics, social sciences and business studies.

Research interests

Judith’s research focussed on the relationship between language, gender and leadership in educational, business and professional contexts. She completed an ESRC research project entitled ‘Leadership Talk and Gender in Senior Management Business Meetings in the UK’, which ran from September 1st 2009 until January 2012. Judith also published a number of well-received monographs including Positioning Gender in Discourse: A Feminist Methodology (2003), The Language of Female Leadership (2010), Double-Voicing at Work: Power, Gender and Linguistic Expertise (2014), Speaking as Women Leaders: Meetings in Middle Eastern and Western Contexts (2016), and Gender Stereotyping of Women Leaders in the UK Press (2018), all with Palgrave Macmillan. Her work regularly appeared in newspaper articles, on radio and in TV programmes including the BBC2 series Women at the Top in September 2012.


  • BA (Hons) English and History, University of East Anglia,
  • M.Sc. Educational Studies, University of Surrey
  • PhD Applied Linguistics, University of Reading
  • PGCE in Secondary English, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

PhD Supervision

Judith supervised PhD students in the following areas:

  • Language and gender
  • Post-structuralist discourse analysis
  • Language of the workplace
  • Leadership language in business contexts
  • Classroom language
  • Semiotic and media language
  • Discursive construction of identities
  • Identities of Middle Eastern Women

Administrative Roles

From 2009 to 2015, Judith carried out the following roles:

  • Head of English Language
  • Convenor of the Business Communication strand on the BA International Business and Management programme
  • Assistant Director Interland
  • LSS Equality and Diversity Representative
  • LSS Representative on the University Awards Board

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Languages & Social Sciences

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  1. International Journal of Business Communication (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  2. Mock REF peer review of English Language, Sheffield Hallam University

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

  3. Gender and Language (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

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