Dr. Krystal A. Smalls
- Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, African Diaspora Studies
- Race, Semiotics, Personhood, Language Ideology, Digital Sociality, Hip Hop, Gender
My research revolves around semiotics of race in young people's lives. I conduct ethnographic research in different locations of the "African diaspora" (mostly digital or urban) to better understand discourses and practices of blackness and antiblackness.I've worked with young urbanites in Liberia, Kenya, and the US (Philadelphia), and I've recently begun work in Johannesburg, South Africa and with my own cultural community, the Gullah/Geechee of coastal and insular South Carolina.
- PhD, University of Pennsylvania (2015)
- BS, Cornell University (2000)