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Hannah Carlan

Contact Information

Email    hannahcarlan@ucla.edu
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Fields of Study

Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology 


Multilingualism; translation; impact of language ideologies on development practice; gender and women's empowerment; Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari (Kangri); Himachal Pradesh; India


Under Review. With Purnima Mankekar. “The Remediation of Nationalism: Viscerality, Virality, and Digital Affect.” In Digital South Asia, ed. Aswin Punathambekar. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

In press, 2018. “‘In the Mouth of an Aborigine’: Language Ideologies and the Logics of Racialization in theLinguistic Survey of India.” Special Issue, “Survey-ing Speakers: The Politics of Census,” eds. Alexandre Duchêne and Phillipe Humbert. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 252.

In press, 2018. “Grammars of Difference: Language, Literature, and Racialization in the Linguistic Survey of India.” In Colonialism and Official Forms of Knowledge: The British in India, ed. Vinay Lal. New Delhi: Primus Books.

Carlan, Hannah. 2016. “Gender Violence, Neoliberal Institutions, and Digital Activism in India.” Proceedings of Thinking Gender, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA. 

Carlan, Hannah. 2016. “Beyond ‘Culture’: Feminist Activism in India since 2012.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women Blog. https://csw.ucla.edu/2016/02/17/beyond-culture-feminist-activism-india-since-2012/

Carlan, Hannah. 2015. “‘Dented, Painted, and Proud’: Satire on Indian Social Media after the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape.” Texas Linguistic Forum: Proceedings of the 23rd Symposium about Language and Society 58: 11–22.

Grants and Awards

Social Science Research Council Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2017)

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2017)

Fulbright-Nehru U.S. Student Research Award (2017)

Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award (UCLA, 2017)

UCLA Affiliates Scholarship (2017)

Critical Language Scholarship -- Punjabi (2017)

International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship (UCLA, 2017)

Edward Pauley Fellowship (UCLA, 2014)

Graduate Dean's Scholarship (UCLA, 2013)

Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2013-2014)

Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship, New Delhi (2012-2013)

Society of Linguistic Anthropology Sapir Prize, Runner Up (2012)

American Institute of Indian Studies, Intensive Hindi Fellowship (2010)

Conference Presentations

Apr. 2017        Invited Talk: Cultural Relativism and the Development Industry: Anthropological and Political Exigencies, UCLA Global Development Laboratory

Nov. 2016       Colonizing Language, Contesting Knowledge: British Epistemologies and the Linguistic Survey of India, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 2016        Gender Violence, Neoliberal Institutions, and Digital Activism in India, Thinking Gender, 26th Conference, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

Nov. 2015       “Proud to be Indian, Terrified as an Indian Woman”: Violence, Culture, and Nation on Social Media in India, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO   

Apr. 2015        “Dented, Painted, and Proud”: Satire on Indian Social Media after the 2012Delhi Gang Rape, Symposium about Language and Society XXIII, University of Texas-Austin

Feb. 2015        Narratives of “Rape Culture” and Anxieties of Class Difference in Indian Digital Media after the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape, Sandrizona VIII, University of Arizona

May 2012        “It’s a Brown Thing”: Gender, Stereotyping, and Humorous Conversation in a  South Asian Community of Practice, Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference, New York University


Alessandro Duranti (chair)

Akhil Gupta

Norma Mendoza-Denton

Purnima Mankekar

Sherry Ortner


B.A. Linguistics and Anthropology, New York University (2012)
M.Phil., Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2014)