Karen Stollznow

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Karen Stollznow
Karen Stollznow.jpg
February 2011
Born (1976-08-12) 12 August 1976 (age 42)
Australia
Residence Denver, Colorado
Nationality Australian
Fields Linguistics
Institutions San Francisco State University
University of California, Berkeley[1]
University of New England
Cal Poly
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Alma mater University of New England
(Bachelor of Arts Linguistics, Anthropology & History 2001)
University of New England (Bachelor of Arts with Honours - First Class in Linguistics 2002)[2] School of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of New England, Australia (Ph.D.) Linguistics 2007[3]
Known for Podcasting, Skepticism of the paranormal, Research Fellow for JREF[4] and CSI[5]
Website
http://www.karenstollznow.com

Karen Stollznow (born 12 August 1976) is an Australian-American writer, linguist, and skeptic. She is a host on the podcast Monster Talk, and the author of the books God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States,[6][7] Haunting America,[8] Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic,[9] and Hits and Mrs.[10]

Career

A student of linguistics and history at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales, she received First Class Honors in Linguistics,[2] and went on to a PhD in the area of Lexical Semantics. She graduated with her doctorate in 2007.[3] In 2004 she relocated to California to become a Visiting Student Researcher with the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2005 she became a Researcher for the Script Encoding Initiative, a joint project between the UC Berkeley Department of Linguistics, and the Unicode Consortium.[1]

From 1997-2009 Stollznow was a prominent investigator and writer for the Australian Skeptics[11] and served as Editor of their magazine The Skeptic[12][13] for which she also wrote many articles.[14][15][16] She has also written for publications such as Australasian Science,[17][18][19] Neucleus,[20][21] Skeptical Inquirer[22][23][24] and others.[25]

Karen Stollznow Presents at TAM 2012

Since 2009 she has written the Naked Skeptic column for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI).[26] In 2010 she began as the Bad Language columnist for Skeptic (U.S. magazine).[27][28][29] She has been a host of the Skeptics Society's MonsterTalk podcast[30] since its beginning in 2009[31] and in 2010 she became a host of the Center for Inquiry's Point of Inquiry podcast as well.[32] In 2011 she presented a talk at the Colorado Springs SkeptiCamp on Making (Up) History,[33] and at the Denver/Boulder SkeptiCamp on Braco the Gazer.[34] In 2012 she was a speaker at The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas, giving a talk titled "Prediction and Language",[35] and in 2013 giving a talk titled "What an Excellent Day for an Exorcism".[36]

Stollznow is also a Research Fellow for the James Randi Educational Foundation.[4][37] She is a Contributing Editor for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry[5] and a member of their Executive Council.[38]

Harassment Accusations

In 2013, Stollznow wrote a post at the Scientific American Mind blog claiming to have been subjected to sexual harassment, in which she also criticized her employer's response.[39] Ron Lindsay, the head of the Center for Inquiry (CFI) (Stollznow's employer at the time of the writing), contacted the blog's publisher, Scientific American, disputing secondary claims by Stollznow concerning CFI's history and policies on sexual harassment.[40] Scientific American has since removed the article.[40]

In 2014, Stollznow was sued by Ben Radford for libel and slander. See Radford v. Stollznow (2014). Text In response Stollznow and Radford resolved the situation with a joint statement, in which they say "... it would be wrong for anyone to believe that Ben Radford stalked, sexually harassed, or physically or sexually assaulted Karen Stollznow."[41]

Selected publications

  • Stollznow, Karen (2016). Hits and Mrs. Amazon Digital Services. ASIN B01BJGUCXI
  • Stollznow, Karen (2014). Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic. ISBN 978-1137404855
  • Stollznow, Karen (2013). God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States. ISBN 978-1939578006
  • Stollznow, Karen (2013). Haunting America. James Randi Educational Foundation. ASIN B00DSQVBAQ.
  • Stollznow, Karen (2010). Skepticism and the Paranormal: A Rose By Any Other Name. In Bonett, W. (Ed.) The Australian Book of Atheism. Scribe Publications ISBN 1-921640-76-6 OCLC 653346301
  • Stollznow, Karen (June 2009), "The Writing's On the Wall for the World's Endangered Writing Systems", The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Technical Communication Southern Communicator (17): 12–13<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  • Stollznow, Karen (2005), "When Opposites Attract: The Re-appropriation and Amelioration of Words in Australian English", Society of North America, Boston<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Stollznow, Karen (2004), "Whinger! Wanker! Wowser! 'Aussie English insults: deprecatory language and the Australian Ethos'" (PDF), Proceedings of the 2003 Australian Linguistic Society, Australian Journal of Linguistics: 11<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Collins, Anne ed. Stollznow, Karen (2004), "Who You Gonna Call?", English Express 2: 33–38, ISBN 0-12-360243-2 <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Stollznow, Karen (2003), "The semantics and usage of abusive epithets in Australian English. Conference paper proceedings", New Zealand Linguist Society Wellington<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Stollznow, Karen (2002), "Terms of Abuse in Australian English: An analysis of abusive and insulting epithets in Australian English", University of New England BA honors Thesis<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Edwards, Harry; Stollznow, Karen (1999), Alternative Consultations Alternative, Complimentary, Holistic and Spiritual Healing: An Examination of non-traditional Healthcare Systems: 362–388 Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Personal

Karen Stollznow is an expatriate Australian and formerly the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Born in the Sydney suburb of Manly, she grew up in Collaroy, on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Stollznow is married to Matthew Baxter of Bryan & Baxter and lives in Denver, Colorado with their child Blade.[42]

References

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  9. Stollznow, Karen (2014). Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1137404855.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  15. Stollznow, Karen (2003), "Medium Rare but not Well Done", The Skeptic, 24 (1): 36–41<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Stollznow, Karen (2008), "Inside the JREF HQ", The Skeptic, 28 (4): 20–21<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  19. Stollznow, Karen (May 2009), "Fire and Brimstone", Australasian Science, 30 (4): 46<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  23. Stollznow, Karen (May–June 2009), "A Modern Witch Craze in Papua New Guinea", Skeptical Inquirer, 33 (7)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Stollznow, Karen (November–December 2009), "Skepticism and Blogging", Skeptical Inquirer, 33 (6): 41–42<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  42. Karen Stollznow - About Me

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