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Sherina Feliciano-Santos

Assistant Professor
University of South Carolina

Phone Number: 803-777-5760
Email: felicias@mailbox.sc.edu
Office: Gambrell Hall 423
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF
Research Interests: Linguistic anthropology, activism, language & cultural revitalization, racial & ethnic formations, narrative, face-to-face interaction
Sherina Feliciano-Santos

Bio 

Dr. Feliciano-Santos is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of South Carolina. She has affiliations with the Linguistics Program and the Latin American Studies Program. She earned her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2011, with a focus in Linguistic Anthropology. Before arriving to the University of South Carolina in 2012, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College between 2011-2012.

Research 

Dr. Feliciano-Santos' research interests include linguistic anthropology, the politics of language use, social activism, language and cultural revitalization, racial and ethnic formations, religion, narrative, and face-to-face interaction. Her areas of interests are Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Caribbean, Latin America, and the U.S. Feliciano-Santos' research has focused on Taíno cultural revitalization and identitarian movements in Puerto Rico. Specifically, she has examined face-to-face interactions, and the culturally situated communicative ideologies that influence and emerge from such movements. She is also interested in how historical revisions affect the task of reconstruction (religious, linguistic, institutional, etc.) and indigenous ethnic identification. She is currently beginning a new project that considers the language ideologies and practices of Puerto Ricans in St. Croix, with attention to the ways in which they narratively and linguistically construct their relationships to multiple Caribbean islands.

Teaching 

ANTH 291/LING 205:   Popular Culture and Communication

ANTH 314:   Caribbean Cultures

ANTH 340/RELG 360:    Anthropology of Magic and Religion

ANTH 355/LING 340:    Language, Culture, and Society

ANTH 371:    Ethnography of Communication

ANTH 556/LING 556:    Language and Globalization

ANTH J701:    Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology for Teachers

ANTH 747:    Language as Social Action

Representative Publications 

In press. “Prophetic Repairs: Narrative and Social Action among Puerto Rican Taíno” Language and Communication. DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2017.03.001 

In press. "How do you speak Taíno? Indigenous activism and linguistic practices in Puerto Rico" Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. DOI: 10.1111/jola.12139. 

2012. (with Barbra Meek) "Interactional Surveillance and Self-Censorship in Encounters of Dominion." Journal of Anthropological Research. 68(3): 373-397