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Angela Reyes


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 Program in Anthropology 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 a Faculty Advisory Board Member of the Asian American Studies Program and Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Hunter College, and 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 in both the U.S. and the Philippines. She has conducted three 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; a one-year study of Korean American fifth graders in an Asian American "cram school" in New York City; and a two-year study of Filipino college students and professors at a private university in Manila, Philippines. In this most recent work in the Philippines, Reyes examines conceptions of mixed race/language that link an elite social figure (a type of privileged mestizo youth called conyo) to an elite linguistic register (a form of Tagalog-English speech called conyo). She examines how anxieties about nation, modernity, race, and language are traceable through the circulation of the conyo figure/register on college campuses 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), National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2010), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty (2006-2007), and National Research Council/Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities (2002-2003).

Selected publications:


Reyes, Angela (forthcoming) Real fake skin: Semiotics of skin lightening in the Philippines. Anthropological Quarterly.

Reyes, Angela (forthcoming) Coloniality of mixed race and mixed language. In H. Samy Alim, Angela Reyes, and Paul V. Kroskrity (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Language and Race. New York: Oxford University Press.

Reyes, Angela (2017a) Inventing postcolonial elites: Race, language, mix, excess. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 27(2): 210-231.

Reyes, Angela (2017b) 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 and Adrienne Lo (eds) (2009) Beyond Yellow English: Toward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America. New York: Oxford University Press.

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.

For full CV, click here (last updated January 2020)


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