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Angela Reyes


Angela Reyes (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2003) is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at Hunter College, City University of New York (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 Doctoral Faculty in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Affiliated Faculty in the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, and Research Associate at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society in the Ph.D./M.A. Program in Linguistics at The Graduate Center. She is Associate Editor of Language in Society.

Reyes works on theories of semiotics, discourse, stereotype, and racialization. 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 a social figure (a type of privileged mestiza/o youth called conyo) to a linguistic register (a form of mixed Tagalog-English called conyo language). She examines how anxieties about nation, modernity, race, and class are traceable through the circulation of the conyo figure/register in a variety of mass-mediated spaces. 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 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:


Wortham, Stanton and Angela Reyes (2015) Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event. New York: Routledge.

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 February 2015)


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