Department of Anthropology

Joel F. Sherzer

Professor EmeritusPh.D., University of Pennsylvania

Joel F. Sherzer



Linguistic anthropology, ethnography of speaking, archival and documentary linguistics; North and South America


Additional affiliations: Linguistics

Research interests:
Linguistic anthropology, with a focus on ethnography of speaking and speech play and verbal art. The director of AILLA (Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America), Joel has carried out research among the Kuna Indians of Panama, and in Bali, Indonesia. His publications include Kuna Ways of Speaking and Verbal Art in San Blas. His newest title, co-authored with Yolanda Lastra and Dina Sherzer, is called Adoring the Saints: Patron Saint Fiestas in Central Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2009). He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

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