About

Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Christopher Ball is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Ball is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist with a specialization in discourse and interaction, cultural symbolism, and the politics of communication.

 Ball teaches and writes in the areas of language in culture, the political economy of language in society, ritual performance, possession and exchange, Amazonian development, discourse and power, dialect and multilingualism, relationality and alterity, grammatical categories and mind, the anthropology of space and place, indigeneity, and language shift.

Ball was McKennan Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College, Smeall Summer Scholar of Anthropological Linguistics at the School for Advanced Research, and Assistant Professor at MacEwan University before coming to Notre Dame in 2013.

Thematic Interests

Linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, discourse and interaction, cultural symbolism, and the politics of communication

Current Research

The political economy of language in Amazonian ritual performance and development; narrative, place, and territorialization in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park; dialect, religious historicity, and local revitalization in rural Japan.

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