John Hamilton McWhorter is an American linguist and political commentator. He held the position of American associate professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley from 1995 until 2003. He took a leave from the position in 2002 to become a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank, and a columnist for the New York Sun. He is the author of a number of books on language and on race relations. His linguistic specialty is creole and the process through which it forms.