James Collins

James P. Collins

Primary Field
Linguistic Anthropology
Professor of Linguistic Anthropology
Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Sociolinguistics, social theory, educational anthropology

Dr. James Collins is an anthropologist and linguist by training. His research typically engages discourse analysis with social theory, combining analysis of linguistic practices with ethnographic research oriented to theoretical debates about power, identity and inequality.

For several decades, he studied issues of language diversity, social identity, and the politics of language in rural Native American communities, multi-ethnic urban communities in the U.S. and, most recently, multilingual migrant communities in Belgium, upstate New York, and South Africa.

Two recent publications by Dr. Collins include:

2017    “Dilemmas of race, register and inequality in South African schools.” Language in Society, 46: 39–56.  DOI 10.1017/S004740451600083X. 

2009b “Social reproduction in classrooms and schools,” Annual Review of Anthropology, 38: 33-48.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Sub-Saharan Africa
Curriculum Vitae
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