Dr. Michael Wroblewski

Dr. Michael Wroblewski


Associate Professor; Interim Department Chair

Office: 230 Lake Michigan Hall

Phone: (616) 331-8931

Email: [email protected]

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:

Wroblewski, Michael. 2021. Remaking Kichwa: Language and Indigenous Pluralism in Amazonian Ecuador. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Wroblewski, Michael. 2021. Practice(s); Practice-based approaches. In International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology, edited by James Stanlaw. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. DOI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118786093.iela0322

Wroblewski, Michael. 2020. Inscribing Indigeneity: Ethnolinguistic Authority in the Linguistic Landscape of Amazonian Ecuador. Multilingua 39(2): 139-168. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2018-0127

Wroblewski, Michael. 2019. Performing Pluralism: Language, Indigeneity, and Ritual Activism in Amazonia. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 24(1): 181-202. DOI: 10.1111/jlca.12387

Strand, Thea and Michael Wroblewski. 2018. Heritage Language. In Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology, edited by John Jackson. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199766567-0184

Wroblewski, Michael. 2014. Public Indigeneity, Language Revitalization, and Intercultural Planning in a Native Amazonian Beauty Pageant. American Anthropologist 116 (1): 65-80. DOI: 10.1111/aman.12067

Wroblewski, Michael. 2012. Amazonian Kichwa Proper: Ethnolinguistic Domain in Pan-Indian Ecuador. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(1): 64-86. DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1395.2012.01134.x

Wroblewski, Michael. 2011. Uneven Voices: Languages of Interculturality in Amazonian Ecuador. In Politics of Interculturality. Edited by Fred Dervin, Anahy Gajardo, and Anne Lavanchy, 47-70. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Wroblewski, Michael, Thea Strand, and Sylvie Dubois. 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. Edited by Malcah Yaeger-Dror and Erik Thomas, 48-72. Duke Univ. Press.

Strand, Thea R., Michael Wroblewski and Mary K. Good. 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. DOI: 10.1177/0075424210373040

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