Benjamin Bailey

Benjamin Bailey

Associate Professor

S326 Integrative Learning Center

Spring 2015 office hours: TBA

(413) 545-2522


My research focuses on language, culture, and social identities, particularly ethnicity and race. I am interested in negotiations of meaning and social identity in face-to-face interaction, particularly in intercultural contexts. My publications include Language, Race, and Negotiation of Identity: A Study of Dominican Americans and various articles and chapters on race, code switching, bilingualism, immigration, and intercultural communication. Click to download  Benjamin Bailey publications. Click to download information about our graduate focal area in Social Interaction and Culture.


PhD, University of California-Los Angeles


Courses Taught:

Undergraduate: Cultural Codes in Communication; Communication, Culture, and Social identities; Studying Everyday Talk. Graduate: Introduction to Theories and Concepts of Communication; Field Methods in Social Interaction; Language, Power, and Identity


"Language, power, and the performance of race and class," 2010 in Korgen (ed.) Multiracial Americans and Social Class: The Influence of Social Class on Racial Identity

Heteroglossia. In press. In Martin-Jones, Blackledge, and Creese (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism. Routledge.

"Interactional Sociolinguistics." 2008. International Encyclopedia of Communication. Pp. 2314-2318. New York: Blackwell Publishers.

"Heteroglossia and boundaries". 2007. In Monica Heller (ed.), Bilingualism: Social and Political Approaches. pp. 257-274 New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

"Shifting Negotiations of Identity in a Dominican American Community". 2007. Latino Studies. Volume 5, Number 2, pp. 157-181.

Language, Race, and Negotiation of Identity: A Study of Dominican Americans. 2002. New York: LFB Scholarly Publishing.


Current research ranges from the pragmatics of translation to Chinese Indonesian naming practices to the politics of language and identity more generally.