Kira Hall
2005-present, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology,
University of Colorado at Boulder
(Ph.D. Linguistics 1995, University of California at Berkeley)

Previous positions:
2001-2005, Assistant Professor, Linguistics and Anthropology, CU Boulder
2000-2001, Visiting Professor, Linguistics, Stanford University
1996-2000, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Yale University
1995-1996, Assistant Professor, English, Rutgers-Camden

Mailing address: Contact information:
Department of Linguistics
University of Colorado at Boulder
295 UCB
Boulder, Colorado   80309-0295
Campus office:
284 Hellems

Short Biography:

Kira Hall received her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1995 from the University of California, Berkeley, and is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She held previous faculty positions at Rutgers University, Yale University, and Stanford University. Her research, situated within the fields of sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, focuses on issues of language and social identity in India and United States, particularly as they materialize within hierarchies of gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class. Among her publications are the edited volumes Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially Constructed Self (with Mary Bucholtz, Routledge 1995) and Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality (with Anna Livia, Oxford 1997), as well as two recently published volumes recognizing the life and work of Hindi poet, linguist, and folklorist Ved Prakash Vatuk.  Her articles, many of which discuss the cultural and linguistic practices of India’s hijra and koti communities, have appeared in a number of prominent collections and sociolinguistic journals, including Discourse Studies, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and Language and Society. Her book in progress is based on extended ethnographic research among Hindi- and English-speaking groups associated with sexual alterity in northern India, and in particular New Delhi. Entitled When Voices Travel: Language, Sexuality, and Modernity in Contemporary India, Hall’s ethnography analyzes the sociocultural and linguistic impact of globalization, with special attention to localized articulations of nationalism and modernity.

Sociocultural Linguistics at CU Boulder:

The University of Colorado at Boulder is the home of the interdisciplinary program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP).   Faculty and graduate students affiliated with the program come from a variety of departments and schools across campus, including Anthropology, Communication, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, French and Italian, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Science.  For a full description of the program and a list of affiliated faculty, click here.

Studies in Inequality and Social Justice
(ordering info)

Essays in Indian Folk Traditions
(ordering info)
(back cover)

Queerly Phrased
(back cover)

Gender Articulated
(back cover)

(For a complete list of publications, click here)