Anthropology Department

Dr. Michael Wroblewski

Assistant Professor

Office: 230 Lake Michigan Hall
Phone: 616-331-8931


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.


Selected Publications:

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.)

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