Catherine Rhodes

Assistant Professor

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Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology

At UNM since 
Curriculum vitae

Recent Courses:

  • Language and Culture (ANTH 310, cross-listed with CJ 319 and LING 359)
  • Topics in Ethnology: Anthropology of Education (ANTH 340/540)
  • Topics in Ethnology: Politics of Language in Latin America (ANTH 340/530)
  • Proseminar in Linguistic Anthropology (ANTH 510)
  • Proposal Writing (ANTH 530)
  • Scale (ANTH 530)
  • Indigeneity and Modernity (ANTH 530) 




BA, Latin American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001)

MA, Social Sciences (specialization linguistic anthropology), University of Chicago (2009)

PhD, Anthropology and Education, University of Pennsylvania (2016)
Dissertation: “Making Maya Linguistics, Making Maya Linguists: The Production of Maya Scientific Expertise and Models of Personhood in the Yucatan Today”


Linguistic anthropology, semiotics, language diversity and cognition, language ideologies, linguistic purism, social identification, narrative, discourse, scale, Indigeneity, modernity, anthropology of education. Research regions: Mexico; Yucatan peninsula; U.S. Mexican diaspora

Recent Publications:

Rhodes, C. (2021). Citation (Direct and Indirect). In J. Stanlaw, International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. Wiley. (published online Dec. 2020; published in print Jan. 2021) DOI: 10.1002/9781118786093.iela0051

Rhodes, C. (2020). Dually authenticated and doubly modern: Institutionalizing jach maaya in the Yucatan today. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. DOI: 10.1111/jola.12278

Rhodes, C. and Bloechl, C. (2020). Speaking Maya, Being Maya: Ideological and Institutional Mediations of Language in Contemporary Yucatan. In S. Brunn & R. Kehrein (Eds.), Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, pp. 861-883. Springer, Cham. (print edition anticipated 2021)

Rhodes, C., Clonan-Roy, K., & Wortham, S. (2020). Making language ‘academic’: Language ideologies, enregisterment, and ontogenesis. Language and Education, special issue. G. Thompson and B. Jensen (Eds.). DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2020.1797771

Wortham, S., Nichols, B., Clonan-Roy, K., & Rhodes, C. (2020). Migration Narratives: Diverging Stories in Schools, Churches, and Civic Institutions. London: Bloomsburg Academic. DOI: 10.5040/9781350181342 Available via open access

Rhodes, C., Pomol Cahum, I. and Chan Dzul, M.O. (2018). Exploración lexicográfica de seis diccionarios del maya yucateco [Lexicographic exploration of six Yucatec Maya dictionaries]. Estudios de Lingüística Aplicada 36(68), 9-57. DOI: 10.22201/enallt.01852647p.2018.68.861

Wortham, S. Clonan-Roy, K., and Rhodes, C. (2016). Moral Panic about Sexual Promiscuity: Heterogeneous Scales in the Identification of One Middle-School Latina Girl. Linguistics and Education, 34, 11-21. Special Issue. (P. DeCosta & S. Canagarajah, Eds.)

Wortham, S. and Rhodes, C. (2015). Heterogeneity in the New Latino Diaspora. In E. Hamann, S. Wortham, & E. Murillo, Jr. (Eds.), Revisiting Education in the New Latino Diaspora, Ch. 9. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Wortham, S. and Rhodes, C. (2015). Narratives Across Speech Events. In A. De Fina & A. Georgakopoulou (Eds.), Handbook of Narrative Analysis, p. 160-177. Wiley-Blackwell.

Wortham, S. and Rhodes, C. (2013). Life as a Chord: Heterogeneous Resources in the Social Identification of One Migrant Girl. Applied Linguistics 34/5, 536-553, Special Issue. (A. De Fina & S. Perrino, Eds.)

Wortham, S. and Rhodes, C. (2012). The production of relevant scales: Social identification of migrants during rapid demographic change in one American town. Applied Linguistics Review, 3–1, 75–99.