Krystal A. Smalls PhD
- Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, African Diaspora Studies
- Race, Semiotics, Digital Space, Personhood, Gender, Language Ideology, Discourse, Hip Hop, Diaspora Studies
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, antiblackness, and anti-antiblackness.
One of my recent projects concerning digital subjectivity (there are a few) considers how uses of "emphatically black" and "intentionallly black" language and discourse in digital space function as public refusals of antiblack "raciolinguistic ideologies" (Rosa & Flores 2017) and semiotically, may help reconfigure racialized signs in significant ways.
I've worked extensively with young urbanites in Monrovia, Liberia and Philadelphia, PA in the US, and I'm in the early stages of a new project with my cultural community: the Gullah/Geechee of coastal and insular South Carolina.
- PhD, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
- BS, Cornell University (2000)