- For the political media consultant of the same name, see Don Ringe.
Ringe graduated from University of Kentucky and then received a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics as a Marshall Scholar from the University of Oxford. He received Ph.D in linguistics at Yale University in 1984, under the supervision of the late Warren Cowgill. He taught Classics at Bard College from 1983 to 1985. Since 1985, he has been on the Faculty in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been a full professor since 1996.
- On the Chronology of Sound Changes in Tocharian. Volume 1: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Tocharian. New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1996.
- A History of English, vol. 1: From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic. 2nd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (1st edn. 2006).
- (with Ann Taylor) A Linguistic History of English, vol. 2: The Development of Old English. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 632p. ISBN 978-0199207848.