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Jennifer Guzmán

Visiting Assistant Professor

of Anthropology

Bailey 108
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

 Dr. Guzman

Jennifer Guzmán has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. University of California, Davis
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Dr. Guzmán conducts research at the intersection of linguistic and medical anthropology. Her research in Chile and the United States examines provider-patient communication across a range of conventional, CAM/IM, and indigenous medical paradigms. Dr. Guzmán’s theoretical and methodological interests include:
  • Speaking rights and speaking obligations in medical settings
  • The epistemics of illness experience
  • The cultural constitution of clinical reality
  • Medicina intercultural / cross-cultural medicine
  • The ethnography of communication
  • Conversation analysis for the study of talk in institutional settings

    Publications and Professional Activities

    • 2014 Guzmán, JR. The Epistemics of Symptom Experience and Symptom Accounts in Mapuche Healing and Pediatric Primary Care in Southern Chile. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24(3):249-276.
    • 2014 Tarn, DM, JR Guzmán, JS Good, NS Wenger, ID Coulter, DA Paterniti. Provider and Patient Expectations for Dietary Supplement Discussions. Journal of General Internal Medicine 29(9):1242–9.
    • 2013 Guzmán, JR. Review: Scripting Addiction. S. E. Carr. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 23(2):E102-E104.
  • Spring 2016 Classes

    ANTH 100:
    S/M/Intr Cultural Anthropology

      This course has two broad aims. One is to introduce students to the field of cultural anthropology by paying close attention to what anthropologists do and how they do it. The other is to explore so
      me of the ways in which people organize their lives and construct systems of meaning -- from kin relations and gender roles to economic systems and marriage patterns, religion and healing. In the process, we will be challenged to think about the value of cultural diversity in an increasingly interconnected world and to see ourselves from others' point of view.
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    ANTH 220:
    Intro Linguistic Analysis

      This course focuses on the structural analysis of language, with special emphasis on the techniques of descriptive linguistics, transformational grammar, and historical linguistics. Major topics incl
      ude phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Skills are trained in sound transcription, phonemics, morphemics, and syntactic derivation for cross-linguistic comparison. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring
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    ANTH 305:
    Field Meth&Tech in Linguistics

      Methods and techniques are offered in the traditions of structuralism to provide practical guidance for investigators of language in the field, where they collect data from living speakers. Topics in
      clude the theoretical underpinnings and discovery procedure of field linguistics, informant selection, sample building, data elicitation, file management, preliminary data analysis, and issues of relationship, etc. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and ANTH 220 or permission of instructor. Offered every spring
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