Deborah Tannen is one of a small number in Georgetown University's College of Arts and Sciences who hold the distinguished rank of University Professor; she is also Professor of Linguistics. The author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships, Prof. Tannen is best known for "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation," which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. She has been McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California, following a term in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In addition to her writing for general audiences, Prof. Tannen is author or editor of many books and over 100 hundred articles for scholarly audiences. She has also published poems, short stories, personal essays, and plays.