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Sarah Meacham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Teaching)

Email: sarah.meacham@temple.edu
Office telephone: 215-204-7912

I am a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist whose research and teaching interests include the situated interrelation of knowledge and identity; Japanese society and language; nationalism; second language learning; language ideology; literacy; the discourse of U.S. education reform; creative work; and the historical, economic, and social contexts of large format urban graphic work (murals, street art, and graffiti), especially as they relate to the Chicana/o community in L.A.

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple in 2012-2013. Before this, I was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles where I taught courses in linguistic anthropology and the anthropology of education. I earned my bachelor's degree in anthropology (with a certificate in East Asian Studies) at Princeton University, and my master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology at UCLA.

My field research in Tokyo, Japan focused on English language learning as a site for the mediation of socioeconomic and national identity, and the shaping of language contact. In the U.S. context, I have been investigating how public school literacy instruction constructs relationships between reader and text, as well as how current education reform discourse casts the role of teachers and the future of their work. Most recently, I have been researching the economic and cultural effects of the "mural moratorium" in Los Angeles, an ongoing ban on a form of artistic work that has always been an important arena of informal education and political activism in the Chicana/o community.


2012. Temporality and Textual Engagement in a Middle School English Language Arts Classroom. Forthcoming in Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2007. The Educational Soundscape: Participation and perception in Japanese high school English lessons. Mind, Culture, and Activity 14(3):196-215.

2004. Ideological Complexity, National Subjectivity, and the Cultures of English in Tokyo High Schools. Texas Linguistic Forum 47:97-108.

2001. Getting Schooled: Rehabilitative Practices in a Los Angeles Court School. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 11(2):274-292.

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