Department of Anthropology
I am a linguistic, cultural, and psychological anthropologist. [read more=’Read more’ less=’Read less’] My work focuses on the politics of language and exchange, the social construction of age and childhood, the role of deception in social life, and variation in understandings of truth and knowledge across cultures and contexts. Concerned with the cultural nature of human development, I investigate how different childrearing ideologies and language socialization practices influence not only cultural reproduction and social change but also inequality at the local level—in the classroom—and at the global level—in universal human rights discourse on issues such as corporal punishment and child labor. My next project will be an analysis of racialization and code-switching among Marshallese immigrants in Arkansas classrooms.
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