Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California Berkeley, 1995

Regional and Thematic Interests

South Asia


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.

Selected Publications

2013 “Commentary 1: ‘It’s a hijra’! Queer Linguistics Revisited.” Discourse & Society 24, no. 5: 634-642.

2008 Hall, Kira, and Mary Bucholtz. “Finding Identity: Theory and Data.” Multilingua 27, no. 1/2: 151-163.

1997 Hall, Kira, and Anna Livia, eds., Queerly Phrased: Language, Gender, and Sexuality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

1995 Hall, Kira, and Mary Bucholtz, eds. Gender Articulated: Language and the Socially Constructed Self. New York: Routledge.