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, with a particular focus on youth’s language and identity practices in the face of first-dimension language shift.

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

Upcoming Events

  • At the AAA/CASCA annual meeting in Vancouver in November, I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “Language professionalization as a trigger for language-ideological revalorization in a Mixtec immigrant community” on Sonya Rao and Edwin Everhart’s panel “Redefining the Language Professional: Shifting Duties and Changing Institutional Climates” (Thursday 11/21, 4:15-6:00pm).


  • I was selected to receive a 2019-2020 Graduate Dissertation Award from UC Santa Barbara’s Chicano Studies Institute.

  • I was recently awarded a 2019-2020 Dissertation Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

  • In May 2019, I presented a paper entitled “‘Sí Señora, No Señora’: The Indigenous Mexican Woman as a Domestic Figure of Personhood in Discourses Around the 2018 Film Roma at the 25th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) at UC Santa Barbara.

  • During the 2019-2020 academic year, I am participating as a Fellow in the new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

  • With Mary Bucholtz, Eric Campbell, Alexia Fawcett, Gabriel Mendoza, Simon Peters, and Griselda Reyes Basurto, I recently presented a paper entitled “MILPA: A Community-Centered Linguistic Collaboration Supporting Indigenous Mexican Languages in California” at the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i.