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Wendy Klein

Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (562) 985-8828
Office: PSY-221


Bachelor’s Degree: 1987; Religion; Middlebury College
Master’s Degree: 1990; East Asian Studies; Stanford University
Ph.D.: 2007; Anthropology; University of California, Los Angeles



Teaching/Research Interests:

My research focuses on the areas of language socialization, language ideology, discourse analysis, and narrative studies. I am particularly interested in immigrant youth language practices and language ideologies and how notions of ‘self’ and ‘other’ are linguistically and discursively shaped through narrative and social interaction. I conducted a three-year ethnographic study of Punjabi Sikh families in Los Angeles to examine the relation between language and religious socialization and the discursive construction of identification among Punjabi Sikhs post 9/11. My interests in language socialization and education across cultures developed through my research on educational practices in Indian immigrant families, Sikh education in the gurdwara (Sikh temple), as well as through past experiences teaching and living in Japan. I recently began a new study on Japanese immigrant families with children on the autism spectrum. This research draws from approaches in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology and psychological anthropology to examine communicative norms, bilingualism/biculturalism, approaches to education, and notions of social inclusion in the lives of these children. I have also conducted interdisciplinary research on language and communication in family life, in collaboration with colleagues at the UCLA Sloan Center on the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF).


Courses Taught:

  • LING/ANTH 170: Introduction to Linguistics
  • ANTH 412: Culture and Communication
  • LING 413: Language and Culture
  • LING 425/ANTH 421: Education Across Cultures
  • LING 472: Language and Discrimination (Language and Social Justice)
  • LING 533/ANTH 530: Ethnography of Communication
  • LING 540: Sociolinguistics



  • 2015. Responding to Bullying: Language Socialization and Religious Identification in Classes for Sikh Youth. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 14(1):19-35.
  • 2013 Heritage Language Socialization and Language Ideologies in a Sikh Education Program. Heritage Language Journal, 10(1): 36-50. Klein HLJ
  • 2013 Housework: Collaboration and Conflict (with Carolina Izquierdo). In E. Ochs & T. Kremer-Sadlik (eds.), Fast Forward Family: Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle Class America, pp. 94-111. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. Also appeared in The Atlantic online.
  • 2013 Children and Chores in Working Families (with Marjorie Harness Goodwin). In E. Ochs & T. Kremer-Sadlik (eds.), Fast Forward Family: Home, Work, and Relationships in Middle Class America. pp. 111-130. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
  • 2010 Interactional modalities within the division of household labor: an ethnographic study among Italian and U.S. families. (with Francesco Arcidiacono, Carolina Izquierdo, and Thomas N. Bradbury. Rivista di psicolinguistica applicata. (Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics), Vol X(1-2):85-105.
  • 2010 Children and Chores: A Mixed-Methods Study of Children’s Household Work in Los Angeles Families (with Anthony P. Graesch and Carolina Izquierdo).Anthropology of Work Review, 30(3) December: 98-109. Children and Chores 
  • 2010 Indian American Family Life. In Huping Ling and Allan W. Austin (eds.), Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
  • 2008. Turban Narratives: Discourses of Identity and Difference among Punjabi Sikh Families in Los Angeles. In A. Reyes & A. Lo (Eds.) Toward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Klein_Turban Narratives
  • Klein, Wendy, Izquierdo, Carolina, and Thomas N. Bradbury. 2007. Working relationships: Communicative patterns and strategies among couples in everyday life. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 4:29-47. QRP_2007  


Professional Activities, Awards, & Affiliations:

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2007-2009). UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Member of the American Anthropological Association, Society for Linguistic Anthropology, Society for Psychological Anthropology; Society for the Anthropology of Religion.