The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lynnette Arnold

Lynnette Arnold
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 
linguistic anthropology, care and communication, migration and transnationalism, global health, language and social justice, language and racism, digital communication and media, embodied communication. El Salvador, Central America, and the United States

Dr. Lynnette Arnold is a linguistic anthropologist (PhD in Linguistics from the University California, Santa Barbara) whose research examines the power of language in contexts of mobility and migration in the Americas. Her current research investigates how communication participates in care, and she is writing a book that explores how transnational Salvadoran families use everyday conversations to facilitate, enact, and signify cross-border care. Recent publications in this project have appeared in American Anthropologist and Medical Anthropology. With her research and teaching, Dr. Arnold aims to advance social justice through a deeper understanding of language. She has worked to develop community engaged pedagogy and practice in linguistic anthropology through ongoing participation with the Language and Social Justice Committee of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, an approach that is synthesized in her 2019 article Accompanying as Accomplices.