Dr. Krystal A. Smalls
- Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, African Diaspora Studies
- Race, Semiotics, Personhood, Language Ideology, Digital Sociality, Hip Hop, Gender
I study the semiosis of race in young people's lives by conducting ethnographic research in different locations of the "African diaspora" (mostly digital or urban). My work specifically concerns the discourses and practices that constitute blackness and antiblackness.I've worked extensively with young urbanites in Liberia and the US (Philadelphia), and have recently begun working with my own cultural community, the Gullah/Geechee of coastal and insular South Carolina.
- PhD, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
- BS, Cornell University (2000)