linguistic anthropology lab


Housed in Anthropology, the Lab is UCSD’s hub for research in linguistic anthropology; it welcomes not just specialists, but all those interested in linguistic anthropological methods and theories. It is located in the Social Sciences Research Building, Room 340 (see map).

All events are held in the Lab, unless otherwise noted. We usually meet every other Friday from 1-2:30pm.



Welcome to Michael Hillyer, who is joining us as an incoming graduate student. He is interested in social media and language activism in Yucatec Mayan.

We're pleased to welcome back Michael Berman (PhD UCSD) as a lecturer in Anthropology. He works on compassion, alienation, and liberal secularism in Japan.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, Linguistic Anthropology is offering the following courses:
- ANSC 122. Language in Society (DEI; Yeh, fall)
- ANSC 162. Language, Identity, and Community (DEI; Berman, winter)
- ANSC 191. Narrative and Subjectivity (Yeh, winter)
- ANTH 280F. Core Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (Yeh, winter)
- ANSC 118. Language and Culture (Hicks, spring)
- ANSC 141. Language and Political Action (Berman, spring)


Upcoming events

Michael Berman, UCSD
Circulating Silence: Gossip, Cancel Culture, and the Fracturing of Communities
Fri, Jan 8

Rachel Hicks, UCSD
Teaching English in Solomon Islands: Claiming a Colonial Language
Fri, Jan 22

Ryo Morimoto, Princeton
A Wild Boar Chase: Ecology of Harm and the Half-life Politics of Nuclear Things in Coastal Fukushima
Fri, Feb 5

Virginia Escobedo, Independent scholar
Strategic Silences and Journalists in Mexico: What Do They Avoid Talking About?
Fri, Feb 19

Sonia Das, NYU
Fri, Mar 5