I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

My CV can be found here.

As a sociocultural linguist, I believe that the linguistic is always political.

My research has multiple strands, which tie together structural and sociocultural approaches:

I work on language documentation and maintenance with Tu'un Savi (Mixtec)-speaking communities in California.

I use linguistic theories and methodologies to analyze acts of discursive world-building, particularly among powerful groups in American society.

I do linguistics outreach education and study the ways that linguists can apply our research findings to change oppressive ideologies about languages and speakers.  

All of these strands are linked by a focus on the intersection between language and social justice.

Anna Bax.PNG


  • My article "'The C-word' meets 'the N-word': The slur-once-removed and the discursive construction of 'reverse racism'" was published in the August 2018 issue of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

  • With Mary Bucholtz, Eric Campbell, Alexia Fawcett, Gabriel Mendoza, Simon Peters, and Griselda Reyes Basurto, I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “Collaborative Linguistics in a Diasporic Indigenous Oaxacan Community in California” at the 2019 meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in New York City (held concurrently with the LSA meeting, January 3-6).

  • With the same group of coauthors, I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “MILPA: A Community-Centered Linguistic Collaboration Supporting Indigenous Oaxacan Languages in California” at the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i (February 28-March 3, 2019).