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Lanita Jacobs

Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
E-mail: jacobshu@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1909
Office: 3620 S. Vermont Ave

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Education

Ph.D. Linguistic Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 6/1999
M.A. Linguistic Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 8/1996
B.A. [Individual Major] Issues in Urban Poverty and Public Policy (Specializations: Education, Intergroup Relations, and Conflict Resolution, University of California, Los Angeles, 6/1993
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor - Departments of Anthropology and American Studies & Ethnicity (Joint Affiliation), University of Southern California, 06/2000-  
Assistant Professor - Department of Anthropology (joint affiliation with the Program in American Studies & Ethnicity), University of Southern California, 08/2000-05/2006  
Assistant Professor - Department of Anthropology, College of Charleston, 08/1999-05/2000  
 

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Adjunct Professor - Department of Anthropology, College of Charleston, Spring 1999   
 

Description of Research

Research Keywords

Language, Identity, and Culture; Language and Gender; Race, Performance, and Popular Culture; Race and Humor; Race, Health, and Disability; Race, Gender, and Aesthetics
 

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1999) Associate Professor of Anthropology and ASE: African American women’s discourse; anthropology of the body; language & identity in diasporas; language & gender.
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Can You Feel Me?: Race and Empathy in Anthropological Fieldwork", American Anthropological Association Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Montreal, QB Canada, Fall 2011   
"Contesting Beauty", Posing Beauty in African American Culture, Roundtable/Panel, USC Fisher Museum of Art, African American Studies Department, Department of, Invited, Fall 2011   
"Mentoring & Research Collaboration", Ford Foundation Fellows Conference, Roundtable/Panel, Irvine, CA, Ford Foundation, Invited, Fall 2011   
"Can you feel me?: Race and Authenticity in African American Standup Comedy", International Society for Humor Studies Conference, Lecture/Seminar, Boston, MA, Invited, Spring 2011   
"Negotiating Multiple Accountabilities & Positionalities in Boundary Crossing", 22nd Annual Occupational Science Symposium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Race and Authenticity in African American Obama Humor", Cultural Studies Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Berkeley, CA, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Black and Brown Relations in the African American Comedic Imagination", American Studies Association Annual Meeting , Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Philadelphia, PA, 2007-2008   
"Enacting Racial and Gendered Authenticity in Black Hair Humor", 18th Annual Conference on American Literature, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Boston, MA, 2007-2008   
"Gender and Authenticity in African American Hair Humor", 13the Annual Tillie K. Lubin Symposium, "I thought it was funny": Gender, Race, Humor, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Brandeis University, Women and Gender Studies, Invited, 2007-2008   
"Gender and Authenticity in African American Hair Humor", 13the Annual Tillie K. Lubin Symposium, "I thought it was funny": Gender, Race, Humor, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Brandeis University, Women and Gender Studies, Invited, 2007-2008   
"Racial Politics: Revisiting the Politics of the N-Words post-Don Imus and Michael Richards", 106th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Abstract, Washington, D.C., 2007-2008   
"Talking about (and Beyond) Hair: Negotiating Expertise and "Realness" in Black Women's Hair Care", African American Women's Language Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Invited, 2007-2008   
""Why we got to be refugees?": Race and Representation in Hurricane Katrina Humor", American Studies Humor Association/Mark Twain Circle of America Quadrennial Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed New Orleans, LA, 2006-2007   
"Discussant", Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Symposium, Discussant, University of California, Santa Barbara, Invited, 2006-2007   
"Race and Representation in Hurricane Katrina Humor", American Anthropology Association 105th Annual Meeting , Talk/Oral Presentation, San Jose, CA, 2006-2007   
". (In Pursuit of) `Truth’ and `Authenticity’ in African American Standup Comedy", American Anthropological Association Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Washington, D.C., 2005-2006   
"(In Pursuit of) `Truth’ and `Authenticity’ in African American Standup Comedy", 11th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction and Social Organization (LISO) Conference, Plenary, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara, Invited, 2004-2005   
"Ethnography of Performance: Methodological Insights from an African American Standup Comedy Study", 11th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction and Social Organization (LISO) Conference, Workshop, University of California, Santa Barbara, Invited, 2004-2005   
"Becoming Cosmetologists: Language Socialization in an African American Beauty College", American Anthropological Association Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Chicago, IL, 2003-2004   
"Examining the Politics of Representation in Language and Gender Research", COSWL/IGALA Perception & Realization in Language and Gender Research Conference, Workshop, Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, Invited, 2002-2003   
 

Other Presentations

"Becoming Cosmetologists: Language Socialization in an African American Beauty College", Invited Talk, Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) Focus Group, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003-2004   
"Epistemological Deliberations: Constructing and Contesting Knowledge in Women’s Cross-Cultural Hair Testimonies ", Invited Talk, UCLA Department of Anthropology Colloquia, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000-2001   
"Language and Identity in African American Hair Care Settings: Reflections of a Linguistic Anthropologist", Invited Talk, Santa Monica College Anthropology Club, Santa Monica, CA, 2000-2001   
"Language Socialization, Identity, and Cultural Practice: A Multi-sited Ethnography of African American Hair Care Communities ", Invited Talk, University of South Carolina, Anthropology Department, Columbia, South Carolina, 1999-2000   
 

Publications

Book

Jacobs-Huey, L. (2006). From the Kitchen to the Parlor: Language and Becoming in African American Women's Hair Care. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
 

Book Chapter

Jacobs, L. (2012). On "Making Good" in a Study of African American Children with Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Anthropology’s Changing Terms of Engagement Philadelphia, PN: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2011). Into the Breach: Representing the Messy Truths of Black Women's Hair and Language Politics (IN African American Women's Language: Discourse, Education, and Identity). pp. 262-275. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Jacobs, L. (2011). "The Arab is the New Nigger": African American Comics Confront the Irony & Tragedy of 9/11. (IN A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Have Shaped Post-9/11 America.). A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Sat pp. 47-56. Jackson, MI: University of Mississippi Press.
Jacobs, L. (2011). Learning through the Breach: Language Socialization among African American Cosmetologists. Ethnographic Methods in Education (Vol. 4). London: Sage.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2009). Moralizing Whiteness in "Joan of Arcadia" (IN Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion). pp. 233-258. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2002). BTW, How do YOU Wear Your Hair?: Establishing Racial Identity, Consciousness, and Community in an African American Listserv Group. In Computer-Mediated Conversation. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2001). Epistemological Deliberations: Constructing and Contesting Knowledge in Women's Cross-Cultural Hair Testimonies. In EnGendering Rationalities. pp. 335-359. Albany: SUNY Press.
 

Book Review

Jacobs-Huey, L. (2006). Review of John L. Jackson, Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Black America. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. pp. 709-711.
 

Journal Article

Jacobs, L., Lawlor, M., Mattingly, C. (2010). I/We Narratives among African American Families Raising Children with Special Needs. Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry. Vol. 35 (1), pp. 3-25.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2007). Learning through the Breach: Language Socialization among African American Cosmetologists. Ethnography. Vol. 8 (2), pp. 171-203.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2006). "The Arab is the New Nigger": African American Comics Confront the Irony & Tragedy of 9/11. Transforming Anthropology. Vol. 14 (1), pp. 60-64.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2004). Remembering Crissy: enGendering Knowledge, Difference, and Power in Women's Hair Care Narratives. Transforming Anthropology. Vol. 11 (2), pp. 30-42.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2003). "Ladies are Seen, Not Heard": Language Socialization in a Southern African American Cosmetology School. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Vol. 34 (3), pp. 277-299.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (2002). The Natives are Gazing and Talking Back: Reviewing the Problematics of Positionality, Voice, and Accountability among "Native" Anthropologists. American Anthropologist. Vol. 104 (3), pp. 791-804.
Mattingly, C., Lawlor, M., Lanita, J. (2002). Narrating September 11: Race, Gender, and the Play of Cultural Identities. American Anthropologist. Vol. 104 (3), pp. 743-753.
 

Magazine/Trade Publication

Jacobs-Huey, L. The Strands of Culture Woven in Our Hair: An African American Student Shares Her Experiences with One of Los Angeles' Finest Braiders. The Stylist Beauty Guide. Vol. March
 

Other

Jacobs-Huey, L. (2003). Black/"Urban" Standup Comedy: A Performance by Brandon Bowlin. Theatre Journal.
 

Proceedings

Jacobs-Huey, L. (1998). We Are Just Like Doctors, We Heal Sick Hair: Cultural and Professional Discourses of Hair and Identity in a Black Hair Care Seminar. SALSA V: Proceedings of the 5th Annual Symposium about Language and Society-Austin, TLF 39. In Chalasani, Mani C., Jennifer Grocer, and Peter Haney (Ed.), pp. 213-223. Austin, TX. Texas Linguistics Forum.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (1997). Is There An Authentic African American Speech Community: Carla Revisited. 1. pp. 331-370. Penn Working Paper Series in Linguistics.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (1996). Negotiating Social Identity in an African American Beauty Salon. In Gender and Belief Systems: Proceedings of the Fourth Berkeley Women and Language Conference. In N. Warner et al. (Ed.), pp. 331-343. Berkeley. University of California, Berkeley Women and Language Group.
Jacobs-Huey, L. (1996). Negotiating Price in an African American Beauty Salon. 1. pp. 45-59. Issues in Applied Linguistics.
 

Advisement

 

Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Guest Coach, Student-Athlete Academic Services, 2007-2008   
 

Honors and Awards

Nominee, USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2012-2013   
Outstanding Professor Recognition, Induction Ceremony, The Gamma Sigma Alpha Executive Board, Fall 2012   
Nominee, USC Parents Association Teaching & Mentoring Award, Fall 2011   
Nominee, Steven B. Sample Teaching & Mentoring Award, Spring 2011   
Nominee, USC Mellon Award for Excellence in "Faculty Mentoring Undergraduates", Spring 2010   
"Fight On" Faculty Award, African American Cultural Celebration, 5/12/2010  
USC Mellon Award for Excellence in "Faculty Mentoring Undergraduates", 2007-2008   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, The "Fight On" Faculty Award, African American Cultural Celebration Ceremony, 5/15/2008  
General Education Teaching Award, 2006-2007   
NICHD Minority Supplement, PI w/ Mary Lawlor, 2001-2003  
Ford Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities, 1998-1999  
National Science Foundation Dissertation Grant, co-submitted with Marcyliena Morgan, 1998-1999  
Wenner-Gren Foundation Pre-Doctoral Grant, 1998-1999  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Dornsife Faculty Fellow, 08/16/2012-05/15/2013  
Dornsife Faculty Fellow, 08/16/2011-05/15/2012  
 

Committees

Director of Graduate Studies, American Studies & Ethnicity, 2011-2012   
Chair, Diversity Caucus, Faculty Council, 2010-2011   
 

Other Service to the University

Faculty Moderator, Social Issues Speaker Series (featuring Alex Kotlowitz), Spring 2011   
 
 
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