Catherine Rhodes

    Assistant Professor, Anthropology

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Dr. Catherine Rhodes joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in 2017. Her research interests include linguistic anthropology, semiotics, language diversity and cognition, bi- and multilingualism, language ideologies, social identification, discursive self-making, narrative, discourse analysis, scale, epistemology, ontology, the production of expertise, ethnicity, Indigeneity, modernity, and social studies of science. Her research is focused on Yucatan, Mexico, where she has conducted ethnographic fieldwork on jach maaya and its users, as well as Central Mexico and U.S.-Mexican diaspora. She teaches courses on Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology and Ethnology. 


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Anthropology and Education
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences (specialization linguistic anthropology)
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Latin American Studies

Research Areas

  • Linguistic Anthropology, Semiotics, Language Diversity and Cognition
  • Modernity, Indigeneity
  • Cultural Practices and Cognitive Development
  • Latino Diaspora in the US

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico
  • United States

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • ANTH 340/530 Topics in Ethnology: Politics of Language in Latin America