Catherine Rhodes

Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Ethnology

Recent Courses:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 1140)
  • Language and Culture (ANTH 310, cross-listed with CJ 319 and LING 359)
  • Principles of Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 330)
  • 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)
  • Anthropology Research Individual Study (ANTH 597)



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, bi- and multilingualism, language ideologies, linguistic purism, social identification, discursive self-making, narrative, discourse analysis, scale, epistemology, ontology, the production of expertise, ethnicity, Indigeneity, modernity, social studies of science. Research regions: Yucatan, Mexico; Central Mexico; U.S. Mexican diaspora

Recent Publications:

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., 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

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., 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). 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. (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. (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.