Angela Reyes (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2003) is Professor in the Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), and Doctoral Faculty in the at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She teaches courses on English linguistic structures and histories, discourse theory and analysis, linguistic anthropology, and language in relation to notions of race, mixedness, and postcoloniality. She is Affiliated Faculty in the at Hunter College, and Research Associate at the in the Program in Linguistics at The Graduate Center. She is Associate Editor for Linguistic Anthropology of American Anthropologist.
Reyes works on theories of semiotics, discourse, racialization, and postcoloniality. Combining ethnographic fieldwork and discourse analysis, her research examines how ideologies of language and race are formulated through spatiotemporal scales of communicative context, particularly in informal educational sites for Asian American urban youth. She has conducted two main ethnographic studies: a four-year study of Southeast Asian American teenagers in an after-school videomaking project at an Asian American community arts organization in Philadelphia; and a one-year study of Korean American fifth graders in an Asian American "cram school" in New York City. Her current research is on conceptions of mixed race/language in the Philippines that link an elite social figure (a type of privileged mestizo youth called conyo) to an elite linguistic register (a form of mixed Tagalog-English called conyo). Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork at an elite university in Manila, she examines how anxieties about nation, modernity, race, and language are traceable through the circulation of the conyo figure/register among college students and professors and across new media sites. She is also in the preliminary stages of researching Riot Grrrl punk feminist zine archives from the early 1990s.
Reyes is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Advanced Research Collaborative Distinguished Fellowship (2016), (2009-2010), (2006-2007), and National Research Council/Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities (2002-2003).
Reyes, Angela (2017) Ontology of fake: Discerning the Philippine elite. Signs and Society 5(S1): 100-127.
Wortham, Stanton and Angela Reyes (2015) Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event. New York: Routledge. *Awarded the Edward Sapir Book Prize, Society for Linguistic Anthropology.
Reyes, Angela (2014) Linguistic anthropology in 2013: Super-New-Big. American Anthropologist 116(2): 366-378.
Reyes, Angela (2013) Corporations are people: Emblematic scales of brand personification among Asian American youth. Language in Society 42(2): 163-185.
Reyes, Angela (2011) "Racist!": Metapragmatic regimentation of racist discourse by Asian American youth. Discourse and Society 22(4): 458-473.
Alim, H. Samy and Angela Reyes (2011) Complicating race: Articulating race across multiple social dimensions. Discourse and Society 22(4): 379-384.
Reyes, Angela (2007) Language, Identity, and Stereotype Among Southeast Asian American Youth: The Other Asian. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Reyes, Angela (2005) Appropriation of African American slang by Asian American youth. Journal of Sociolinguistics 9(4): 509-532.
Reyes, Angela (2004) Asian American stereotypes as circulating resource. Pragmatics 14(2/3): 115-125.
Reyes, Angela (2002) "Are you losing your culture?": Poetics, indexicality, and Asian American identity. Discourse Studies 4(2): 183-199.
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