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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.
  • Fall 2015 Classes

    ANTH 120:
    S/Language & Culture

      An introduction to language as a part of culture and culture as a part of language. Topics include language and humanity, lexicon and cultural values, language acquisition and socialization, language
      and thought, and language as a means of communication and social discourse. Attention is called to the empirical and theoretical inspirations of language study for the study of culture and cross-cultural analysis. Offered every fall
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    ANTH 231:

      This course examines the intimate relationship between language and society. It will study micro-sociolinguistics, i.e., the way conversation correlates with social variables (class, gender, ethnicity
      , and education). The course will also focus on macro-sociolinguistics, i.e., linguistic engineering and language attitudes. Contemporary issues such as bilingualism, biculturalism, ethnic linguistic conflicts, and educational policies will be explored. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 or permission of instructor. Offered every fall
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    ANTH 328:
    Sec Lang Acquistn&Culture Lrng

      A survey of the major concerns and theories of applied linguistics. Emphasis is on various analyses of first and second language acquisition in general and the communicative and functional approaches
      in particular. Major topics include the developmental stages of language acquisition, the differences between first and second language acquisition, language universals and core grammar, interlanguage, and culture learning in the second language classroom, etc. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 or permission of instructor. Offered fall, odd years
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