MA in Linguistic Anthropology

MA Program in Linguistic Anthropology

The vibrant, growing Northern Arizona University Department of Anthropology is seeking students interested in an MA in linguistic anthropology.  Located in beautiful northern Arizona, just an hour and a half from the Grand Canyon, the faculty maintains a range of active research programs, internationally and in the US Southwest. The department has a diverse staff of over twenty full time faculty including four linguistic anthropologists.  The Anthropology MA offers both theoretical and applied options, including a unique program in applied linguistic anthropology that features options in medical and health-related anthropology and other applied fields. The department offers a monthly seminar series, and close cross campus connections with the Native American Cultural Center and a range of academic units. The department has an excellent track record for the placement of its graduates in a wide variety of jobs and prestigious PhD programs. Due to a recent generous legacy from Ray Madden, along with regular teaching and research graduate assistantships, the department is also able to offer support to many of its students. For more information about Madden scholarship, please see: Application deadline for our MA program and for the Madden scholarship is February 15th 2017.

For more information about the program and application process, please contact Dr. Kerry Thompson, the Graduate Coordinator,, Dr. Jim Wilce,, Dr. Janina Fenigsen,, or Dr. Leila Monaghan,

Linguistic anthropology faculty:

Jim Wilce (PhD) has research interests are in semiotics, emotion, ethnopoetics and performance, and language, power, and medicine in Bangladesh, South Asia generally, Finland, and the United States.  For Wilce’s publications see:

Janina Fenigsen (PhD) does research on language policy, linguistic heritage, creole languages, health promotion, neoliberalism, and semiotics of emotion, in Barbados and the United States. Part of this work is an ongoing research project with Wilce looking at socialization and transformations of human experience and subjectivity in the contexts of school violence prevention programs in Northern Arizona. For Fenigsen’s publications see:

Leila Monaghan (PhD) works in fields including Deaf and disability studies, the history of Plains Indian women, and the history of linguistic anthropology.  She is particularly interested in issues of language ideologies and the intersections between language, culture, and history in New Zealand and the United States. See her publications at:

Clinton D. Humphrey (PhD) integrates fine-grained analyses of discourse and embodied (inter)action with theories of structural and symbolic violence to explore experiences of social suffering and chronic illness within Miskitu communities in Nicaragua. Humphrey’s publications are at:

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