Sarah Shulist

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Honours Advisor

PhD (Western)

7-368F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Shulist is a linguistic anthropologist whose research focuses on the social and political implications of language endangerment and of language revitalization programs. In particular, she looks at how Indigenous people in different social contexts are advocating for their political rights in relation to language, and how anthropologists and linguists can best support them in these efforts. Since 2011, she has conducted research in the Northwest Brazilian Amazon, examining how Indigenous people living in an urban, multilingual setting are engaging in efforts to revitalize the use of their languages. She is interested in a variety of topics in relation to language endangerment and revitalization, including language policy, ethnolinguistic identity, multilingualism, media, and social and cultural change. Dr. Shulist has also led classes and workshops on including ethnographic methods in language documentation at community-based training institutes, and is currently developing research projects relating to Indigenous language revitalization in the Edmonton area.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Linguistic anthropology; linguistics; endangered languages; language revitalization; language ideology

Teaching and Research Interests

  • ANTH150 – Race & Racism in the Modern World
  • ANTH208 – Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANTH318 – Political Anthropology
  • ANTH321 – Language Endangerment and Revitalization
  • ANTH395 – Ethnographic Methods
  • ANTH415 – Anthropological Theory
  • ANTH421 – Language and Power

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Shulist, Sarah (2016). Language Revitalization and the Future of Ethnolinguistic Identity. Language & Communication 47:94-99.
  • Shulist, Sarah (2016). “Graduated Authenticity”: Multilingualism, Revitalization, and Identity in the Northwest Amazon. Language and Communication 47:112-123
  • Shuilst, Sarah (forthcoming). Indigenous Names, Revitalization Politics, and Regimes of Recognition in the Northwest Amazon. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (forthcoming).
  • Shulist, Sarah (2013). Collaborating on Language: Contrasting the Theory and Practice of Collaboration in Linguistics and Anthropology. Collaborative Anthropologies. 6:1-29.
  • Shulist, Sarah (2012). Ideologies of Olympic Proportions: The Aboriginal Language Broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Anthropologica 54 (2): 267-280.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Canadian Anthropology Society


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