Benjamin Bailey

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director
S326 Integrative Learning Center
Fall 2015 office hours: WTh 1:00-2:30
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, intercultural communication, and linguistic negotiation of identities. Click to view and download  Benjamin Bailey publications. Click to download information about our graduate focal area in Social Interaction and Culture.


PhD, University of California-Los Angeles

BA, Brown University

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


Shavit, Nimrod and Benjamin Bailey. 2015. Between the Procedural and the Substantial: Democratic Deliberation and the Interaction Order in “Occupy Middletown General Assembly”. Symbolic Interaction

Sul, Eunsook and Benjamin Bailey. 2013. Negotiating Zen Buddhist and Western language ideologies and identities in a text-based, English-language online forum. Journal of Multicultural Discourse. 8:3:213-233.

Bailey, Benjamin and Sunny Lie. 2013. The politics of names among Chinese Indonesians in Java. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Volume 12, Issue 1, pp. 21-40.

Bailey, Benjamin. 2012. Heteroglossia. In Martin-Jones, Blackledge, and Creese (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Multilingualism. Pp. 499-507. Routledge.

Bailey, Benjamin. 2010. Language, power, and the performance of race and class. In Kathleen Korgen (ed.) Multiracial Americans and Social Class: the Influence of Social Class on Racial Identity. pp. 72-87. 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 Projects: 

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