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Jennifer Guzmán

Assistant Professor
Bailey 108

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

Office Hours

Tuesday 11:30-1:30 and Thursday 8:45-9:45.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

  • M.A. University of California, Davis

  • B.A. University of Notre Dame


  • 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.

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


  • ANTH 120: S/Language & Culture

    An introduction to the study of language as a social resource and speaking as a cultural practice. This course gives students theoretical tools to examine how human communities use language to create, sustain, and change the social world. Topics include: linguistic heritage, regional and social dialects, language and cognition, racism/ethnicity/gender/class, and global language shifts.

  • ANTH 231: S/Language and Gender

    This course introduces students to the sociolinguistic field of language and gender research. The view of gender adopted in the course is an intersectional one that attends to processes of power and oppression. The course explores how language varieties and linguistic choices reflect, reproduce, and reshape gender norms in diverse communities of practice. Course topics include: how people use language as a means for performing gender, (2) how language practices come to be associated with one gendered identity or another, and (3) how gender norms are reproduced, negotiated, and changed in part via language practices and discourses. The course will utilize feminist pedagogy to foster a climate of mutual inquiry and exchange of ideas between faculty and students.

  • ANTH 314: Top in Ling:Lang of Healing

    This course explores major issues of topical or theoretical importance in linguistic anthropology. The variety of rotating or one-time topics in linguistics reflect topics of general interest or importance and/or the interests and needs of students, and/or the research expertise of faculty members. May be taken twice under different subtitles. Prerequisites: ANTH 120 or permission of the instructor. Offered fall, even years

  • WGST 203: TpGenSocWld:Language&Gender

    This is a slot course that focuses on representation of women and/or gender in the social world, generally employing methodologies from one or more social sciences. Each section will incorporate recent feminist scholarship, methodologies, concepts, and analyses. In addition, each section will utilize feminist pedagogy to foster a climate of mutual inquiry and exchange of ideas between faculty and students. This course may be taken for credit multiple times with different subtitles. Not offered on a regular basis