Dr. Michael Wroblewski
Office: 230 Lake Michigan Hall
Michael Wroblewski received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2010. His research in Amazonian Ecuador combines linguistic and cultural anthropological approaches to the study of indigeneity, ethnolinguistic identity, interculturality, and self-representation in indigenous media. He examines the local articulation of Latin American multiculturalist policies by members of Amazonian Kichwa communities, who are currently working to revitalize their native language and culture. In addition to his fieldwork in Ecuador, Dr. Wroblewski has contributed to the ongoing study of regional variation in African American English (AAE) in the United States. His research in this area combines discourse and sociophonetic analyses of speech from bilingual southern Louisiana, focusing on the connections between vowel phonology and racial identity.
2014 Public Indigeneity, Language Revitalization, and Intercultural Planning in a Native Amazonian Beauty Pageant. American Anthropologist 116(1): 65-80.
2012 Amazonian Kichwa Proper: Ethnolinguistic Domain in Pan-Indian Ecuador. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(1): 64-86.
2011 Uneven Voices: Languages of Interculturality in Amazonian Ecuador. In Politics of Interculturality. Eds. Fred Dervin, Anahy Gajardo, and Anne Lavanchy, 47-70. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
2010 Mapping a Dialect 'Mixtury': Acoustic Innovations in African American Vowels in Southern Louisiana. In African American English Speakers and their Participation in Local Sound Changes: A Comparative Study, Publication of the American Dialect Society #94. Eds. Malcah Yaeger-Dror and Erik Thomas, 48-72. Durham: Duke University Press. (Lead Author with Thea R. Strand and Sylvie Dubois.)
2010 Words, Woods, Woyds: Variation and Accommodation in Schwar Realization among African American, White, and Houma Men in Southern Louisiana. Journal of English Linguistics 38(3): 211-229. (Co-Author with Thea R. Strand and Mary K. Good.)