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Wendy Klein

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

Education History

Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007.
M.A. in East Asian Studies, Stanford University, 1990.
B.A. in Religion, Middlebury College, 1987.


Courses Taught

ANTH 412i Culture & Communication
ANTH 413 Language and Culture
ANTH 421 Education Across Cultures
ANTH 498 Senior thesis
ANTH 499 Guided Studies in Anthropology
ANTH 597 Directed Readings
ANTH 698 Thesis or Applied Project
ANTH 530 Ethnography of Communication

Research Focus and Teaching Specialties

Linguistic anthropology, ethnography of communication, language socialization, narrative, language ideology; Japan, Northern India, United States.



Wendy Klein is a linguistic anthropologist whose research explores the roles of language and other semiotic modalities in shaping educational activities, social relations, and identification and belonging. Her dissertation research focused on how notions of ‘self’ and ‘other’ are constructed and transmitted through narrative, social interaction, and material practices in Indian immigrant communities. In particular, she examined Sikh youth perspectives on language, ethnic and religious identification in the U.S., post-9/11. Dr. Klein’s interest in language socialization and education across cultures initially developed through past experiences teaching and living in Japan and studying Japanese language and culture. Her current research looks at the lives of multiethnic children enrolled in a Japanese preschool in Southern California. She has also carried out interdisciplinary research on discourse and communication in family life in the U.S., in collaboration with colleagues at the UCLA Sloan Center on the Everyday Lives of Families.


Selected Publications

2010. Klein, Wendy. Indian American Family Life. In Huping Ling and Allan W. Austin (eds.), Asian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, pp. 325-328.

2010. Arcidiacono, Francesco, Klein, Wendy, Izquierdo, Carolina, and Thomas N. Bradbury. Interactional modalities within the division of household labor: an ethnographic study among Italian and U.S.families/Modalita interattive nella divisione del lavoro domestico: uno studio etnografico su famiglie italiane e statunitensi Rivista di psicolinguistica applicata. (Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics), Vol X(1-2): 85-105.

2009. Klein, Wendy, Graesch, Anthony P., and Carolina Izquierdo. Children and Chores: A Mixed-Methods Study of Children’s Household Work in Los Angeles Families. Anthropology of Work Review, 30(3): 98-109.

2008. Klein, Wendy L. Turban Narratives: Discourses of Identity and Difference among Punjabi Sikh Families in Los Angeles. In A. Lo & A. Reyes (eds.) Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 111- 130.

2007. Klein, Wendy, Izquierdo, Carolina, & Thomas N. Bradbury. Working relationships: Communicative patterns and strategies among couples in everyday life. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 4: 29-47.