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 on Fridays from 1-2:40pm.



Our first quarterly Kitchen Session in Fall 2021 was a success. Formerly known as “data sessions,” the Kitchen Sessions provide a friendly, low-stakes setting where grad students and faculty can share raw ethnographic materials and collectively brainstorm directions for analysis. Presenters from any department are welcome. No background in linguistic anthropology is required, just an interest in exploring what this kind of approach to your materials can yield. Expressions of interest are welcome anytime! Click here for more details.

Welcome to Zhané Gaillard! She is joining us as an incoming graduate student; her work is on Black American language varieties, authenticity, linguistic reappropriation, and social media.

Students can now get academic credit for attending the Linguistic Anthropology Workshop: 1 unit per quarter for up to 4 quarters. The course number is ANTH 241.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, Linguistic Anthropology is offering the following courses:
- ANTH 4. Words and Worlds: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (DEI; Yeh, fall)
- ANSC 122. Language in Society (DEI; Yeh, fall)
- ANSC 131. Language, Law, and Social Justice (DEI; Hallingstad O'Brien, fall)
- ANSC 162. Language, Identity, and Community (DEI; Berman, winter)
- ANTH 279. Special Topics in Language and Society: Semiotics of Sight (Yeh, winter)
- ANSC 118. Language and Culture (Berman, spring)


Spring 2022 calendar

Francis Cody, University of Toronto
Law at Large: Notes on the Public Mediation of Community in the Juridical Field
(session organized jointly with the South Asia Initiative
Apr 8

Jessica López-Espino
, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Irvine
will present at the Critical Anthropology Workshop
Mon, Apr 18, 12-1:30

Drew Kerr, Anthropology, UCSD
Feeling (in) the Indian Public Sphere: Circulations of Urdu Poetry and Emotions (position paper for PhD candidacy qualifying exam)
Discussant: Ryan Perkins, Stanford
May 6

Rihan Yeh, Anthropology, UCSD
Introduction to Scopic Subjectivities: Spectacle and Surveillance in a Mexican Border City (book manuscript)
Discussant: Constantine Nakassis, The University of Chicago
May 20

Internal planning session for 2022-23
May 27