Professional History

Associate Professor

Sep 2018 - present

New York University, NY, Department of Anthropology

Visiting Professor

May 2015 - June 2015

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Departments of South Asian Studies/Linguistics

Assistant Professor

Sep 2011 - May 2018

New York University, NY, Department of Anthropology

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow

Sep 2010 - May 2011

New York University, NY, Department of Anthropology

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

Sep 2008 - May 2010

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Department of Anthropology




Rare Book School - Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography


National Science Foundation Senior Research Award


Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-Ph.D. Research Grant


Learning about ornamental fonts at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, VA




Das, Sonia N. 2016. Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

n.d. Das, Sonia and Hyemin Lee. "Racial Optics of Escalation."Current Anthropology.

2021. With Christina P. Davis and Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway. “ Judith T. Irvine and the Social Life of Scholarship .” Special Issue: Essays in Honor of Judith T. Irvine. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. 31(3): 316-319.

2021. “Shadow Conversations and the Citational Practices of a Journal.” “Special Issue: Essays in Honor of Judith T. Irvine.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 31(3): 335-339.

Das, Sonia. 2020. “Transliteration Across Cities: The Interdiscursive Ethnohistory of a Tamil Francophonie.” Special issue, Script in South Asia: New Media and Semiotic Mediation, Signs and Society 8(1): 125-154. 

Das, Sonia. 2019. “The Unsociability of Commercial Seafaring: Language Practice and Ideology in Maritime Technocracy." American Anthropologist 12(1): 62-75. 

Das, Sonia. 2017. “Failed Legacies of Colonial Linguistics: Lessons from Tamil Books in French India and French Guiana” Comparative Studies in Society and History 59(4): 846-883.

Das, Sonia. 2015. “Une division sociale du travail linguistique: Enseigner le tamoul comme langue d’origine à Montréal, Québec.” Anthropologie et Sociétés 39(3): 153-172.

Das, Sonia. 2012. “La Francophonie and Other Contact Zones: Revisiting the Comparative Study of Linguistic Minorities.”Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(3): 220-236.

Das, Sonia. 2011. “Rewriting the Past and Reimagining the Future: The Social Life of a Tamil Heritage Language Industry.American Ethnologist 38(4): 774-789.

Das, Sonia. 2008. “Between Convergence and Divergence: Reformatting Language Purism in the Montréal Tamil DiasporasJournal of Linguistic Anthropology 18(1): 1-23.

Das, Sonia. 2008. “The Talk of Tamils in Multilingual Montreal: A Study of Intersecting Language Ideologies in Nationalist Quebec.”Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 8(2): 230-247.

Book Chapters

n.d.. Markkula, Johanna and Sonia Das. “Making the "Good Ship": Talk and the Political Economy of Social Justice at Sea.” Language and Social Justice: Global Perspectives. Kathleen Riley, Bernard Perley, and Inmaculada García-Sanchez, eds. New York: Bloomsbury Press.

Das, Sonia. 2022. “Grant Writing for Projects in Linguistic Anthropology.” Research Methods in Linguistic Anthropology. Sabina Perrino and Sonya Pritzker, eds. New York: Bloomsbury Press.

Das, Sonia N. 2020. "Correctness, Incorrectness, and Correction." The International Encyclopedia of Linguistic Anthropology. John Wiley & Sons. pg. 1-4.

Book Reviews

Das, Sonia. 2009. “Little India: Diaspora, Time, and Ethnolinguistic Belonging in Hindu Mauritius.” P. Eisenlohr. 2006. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 19(2): 328-330.


Linguistic Rivalries

Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts

"Linguistic Rivalries weaves together anthropological accounts of diaspora, nation, and empire to explore and analyze the multi-faceted processes of globalization characterizing the migration and social integration experiences of Tamil-speaking immigrants and refugees from India and Sri Lanka to Montréal, Québec in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries." (2016, Oxford University Press)

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