Bridging linguistic/semiotic anthropology with medical anthropology, my research centers on the transformation of traditional Korean medicine (hanuihak) and Korean materia medica (hanyak) under the process of scientization and commodification. My academic interests also touch upon the broad theme of language and medicine, including communications of pain and suffering, doctor-patient interactions, and medical discourse.
Broadly, I am interested in how language influences, and is influenced by, identity formations and performances. I study the links between nationalism and racial formation and how language mediates identity categories such as race, religion, and class, particularly through the linguistic practices of Iranian-Americans. In addition to code-mixing, code-switching, and speech itself, my favorite avenues to study these phenomena include social media memes and discourse, Iranian business practices in the U.S., and online fashion stores catering to the Iranian diaspora.
My research combines linguistic and legal anthropology to explore the experience of Latinxs in U.S. child welfare proceedings. I trace how Latinx adults navigate the child welfare system, considering the ways in which language access, beliefs about culturally defined parenting practices, and racialized perceptions of risk shape decision making in juvenile dependency cases. I'm broadly interested in rituals of legitimation through legal processes and the role of race and language in perceptions of social belonging in the U.S.
IKAIKA RAMONES (KANAKA ʻŌIWI)
I am a PhD student in social anthropology at New York University. My research engages with the roles of philanthropy and bureaucracy in projects of social change. Specifically, I examine decolonization/nation-building movements and entanglements with political economy, taking seriously the broader question of how resurgence movements occur in relation to institutional formations of Indigenous economies, in the context of Hawaiʻi. My research also examines the cultural activism of Indigenous media, and the political questions emerging from new technologies and media practices. I hold a B.A. from Harvard University in social anthropology, with a language citation in Bahasa Indonesia. My research is supported by the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (National Academies Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine), the Mellon Mays Fellowship, and Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate.