Portrait of Tessa Bent.

Tessa Bent

Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


Tessa Bent is a Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, an adjunct professor of Linguistics, and an affiliate member for the Cognitive Science Program. Her research explores how many aspects of our identities -- including language background, regional dialect, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation -- influence speech production and perception. In SLHS, she has taught classes in phonetics, speech perception, and language development. She also has taught in Intensive Freshman Seminar program and current teaches in the ASURE program. She serves on her department’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and has been developing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for the Acoustical Society of America.