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Professor of Anthropology and Anthropology Program Coordinator
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M.A., Ph.D. New York University
B.A. Rutgers University


Cultural Anthropology, Language and Culture, Creole Cultures and Languages, Ethnographic Experience in Dominica, Anthropology of Narrative, Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean


Language and identity; language socialization; multilingualism; creole languages and cultures; work and family; language and food; Dominica, Caribbean; Los Angeles, California.



Riley, Kathleen C., and Amy L. Paugh. 2019. Food and Language: Discourses and Foodways across Cultures. New York and Oxon: Routledge.


Paugh, Amy L. 2012/2014. Playing with Languages: Children and Change in a Caribbean Village. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books.



Paugh, Amy L., and Kathleen C. Riley. 2019. “Poverty and Children’s Language in Anthropolitical Perspective.” Annual Review of Anthropology 48:297-315.

Paugh, Amy L. 2019. “Negotiating Language Ideologies through Imaginary Play: Children’s Code Choice and Rescaling Practices in Dominica, West Indies.” Journal of Pragmatics 144:78-91.

Paugh, Amy L. 2017. “Language Socialization in Working Families.” In Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Volume 8: Language Socialization. 3rd edition. Patricia A. Duff and Stephen May, eds. Pp. 97-109. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.


Paugh, Amy L. 2016. “Language Socialization.” In The Routledge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology, Nancy Bonvillian, ed. Pp. 125-139. New York and London: Routledge.

Cavanaugh, Jillian R., Kathleen C. Riley, Alexandra Jaffe, Christine Jourdan, Martha Karrebæk, and Amy Paugh 2014. “What Words Bring to the Table: The Linguistic Anthropological Toolkit as Applied to the Study of Food.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24(1):83-96. Reprinted online in Open Anthropology: Food Anthropology, Jason Antrosio and Sallie Han, eds., 4(2), 2016.

Paugh, Amy L. 2012. “Speculating about Work: Dinnertime Narratives among Dual-earner American Families.” Text & Talk 32(5):615-636.

Paugh, Amy L. 2012. “Language Learning.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies. Heather Montgomery, ed. New York: Oxford University Press.


Paugh, Amy L. 2011. “Local Theories of Child Rearing.” In The Handbook of Language Socialization. Alessandro Duranti, Elinor Ochs, and Bambi B. Schieffelin, eds. Pp. 150-168. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Paugh, Amy L. 2011. Reprint of “Multilingual Play: Children’s Code-switching, Role Play, and Agency in Dominica, West Indies.” In Anthropological Linguistics: Theories and Practices. Critical Concepts in Language Studies Series. Bambi Schieffelin and Paul Garrett, eds. Pp. 377-401. New York: Routledge.

Paugh, Amy L., and Carolina Izquierdo. 2009. “Why is this a Battle Every Night?: Negotiating Food and Eating in American Dinnertime Interaction.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 19(2):185-204.

Kremer-Sadlik, Tamar, and Amy L. Paugh. 2007. “Everyday Moments: Finding ‘Quality Time’ in American Working Families.” Time & Society 16(2/3):287-308.

Paugh, Amy L. 2005. “Multilingual Play: Children’s Code-switching, Role Play, and Agency in Dominica, West Indies.” Language in Society 34(1):63-86.

Paugh, Amy L. 2005. “Learning about Work at Dinnertime: Language Socialization in Dual-Earner American Families.” Discourse & Society 16(1):55-78.

Paugh, Amy L. 2005. “Acting Adult: Language Socialization, Shift, and Ideologies in Dominica, West Indies.” In Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

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