Asif Agha Is President-Elect of Society for Linguistic Anthropology

Asif Agha, professor of anthropology, has been voted president-elect of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (SLA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. The SLA is the premiere society for the interdisciplinary study of how language shapes social life in the world.

Agha’s research interests include linguistic and cultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, rhetoric, and language ideologies. He is also studying how the media may shape and frame the processes and discourse of political communication as well as the society in which that communication takes place, an idea called mediatization.

Agha is the author of the book Language and Social Relations, which received the SLA’s Edward Sapir Book Prize, awarded to the book “that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society, or the ways in which language mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes.” He guest-edited “Mediatized Communication in Complex Societies,” a special issue of Language and Communication, and “Discourse Across Speech Events: Intertextuality and Interdiscursivity in Social Life,” a special issue of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, the latter with Stanton Wortham, Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.

Agha is associate editor of the International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. He is on the editorial board of Language and Communication and was on the editorial board of Language in Society from 2007-2013 He has also written more than 40 article and reviews, as well as dozens of papers and presentations. He earned his Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago.

Arts & Sciences News

Psychology’s Thompson-Schill and Kahana Honored

Two Penn Arts and Sciences faculty members were recently honored with the Psychonomic Society Mid-Career Award, given for exceptional contributions to the field of experimental and cognitive psychology.

View Article >
John Lapinski to be named the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor of Political Science

John Lapinski will be named the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor of Political Science and the director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program effective July 1, 2018.

View Article >
Recipients of the 2018 Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students Announced

Eight graduate students from Penn Arts and Sciences to receive the prestigious award.

View Article >
Joseph S. Francisco Named President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science

Joseph S. Francisco will join Penn as the President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Chemistry, on July 1, 2018.

View Article >
Michael C. Horowitz Awarded Department of Defense Grant to Lead Team on Study of Autonomous Systems and AI

Michael C. Horowitz, Professor of Political Science, will oversee the study of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

View Article >
Earthquakes at the Nanoscale

In collaboration with Robert Carpick and David Goldsby, Tian, who graduated from Penn in 2017 with a doctorate in physics, recently published a paper in Physical Review Letters which attempts to tackle these devastating natural phenomena by investigating the laws of friction at the smallest possible scale, the nanoscale.

View Article >