Shaylih Ryan Muehlmann

Shaylih Muehlmann’s work examines the intersections between environmental conflict, language and identity, with a specific focus on how social processes coalesce in the construction of inequality and the formation of social subjects. Dr. Muehlmann brings to her scholarship a strong commitment to an ethnographic analysis of contemporary social issues, which in her first book, “Where the River Ends” (Duke 2013), she applied to understanding how a group of Cucapá people in northern Mexico have experienced a trans-national water conflict at the end of the Colorado River. Her second book analyzes the effects of the so called “war on drugs” on the rural under-classes of the US-Mexico border region and is entitled “When I Wear My Alligator Boots” (UC Press 2013).

Keywords: Environmental politics; linguistic anthropology; drug trafficking; indigeneity; water scarcity; the anthropology of the awkward; US-Mexico borderlands; Mexico.

Interviews

Royal Society of Canada, UBC Studios, November 2016 (view here)

About “Rhizomes and other Uncountables.” Interview with Dr. Colin West. (view here)

About “When I Wear My Alligator Boots” and the war on drugs in northern Mexico. Interview with UBC Affairs. (view here)

Interview with Currents. (view here)

Interview with Artswire. (view here)

Shaylih Muehlmann received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California Berkeley (2008-2010). She joined the anthropology department at the University of British Columbia in 2010 and was appointed the Canada Research Chair in Language, Culture and the Environment in 2011.

Dr. Muehlmann has received numerous awards for her scholarly work including the 2009 University of California Press Public anthropology publishing Prize, the 2012 Ton Vallen Award and the 2012 Junior Scholar Award from the Anthropology and Environment Society. Dr. Muehlmann was also awarded the Best Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012 from Anthropology Students Association at the University of British Columbia. In November 2016, Dr. Muehlmann was inducted as a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Main research themes: Environmental politics; linguistic anthropology; drug trafficking; indigeneity; water scarcity; the anthropology of the awkward; US-Mexico borderlands; Mexico.

Books

 

  • 2013 When I Wear My Alligator Boots: Narco-Culture in the US-Mexico Borderlands. Berkeley: University of California Press. (view here)
  • 2013 Where the River Ends: Contested Indigeneity in the Mexican Colorado Delta. Duke University Press. (view here)

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

 

  • 2015. “Languages Die Like Rivers”: Entangled Endangerments in the Colorado Delta. In Fernando Vidal and Nina Das, (eds.) Endangerment, Biodiversity and Culture. London: Routledge. (view pdf)
  • 2014. “The Speech Community and Beyond: Language and the Nature of the Social Aggregate.” In Nick Enfield, Paul Kockelman and Jack Sidnell, eds. Cambridge Handbook in Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. Pp. 577-599. (view pdf)
  • 2012. Rhizomes and other uncountables: the malaise of enumeration in Mexico’s Colorado River Delta. American Ethnologist. 39(2):339-353. (view pdf)
  • 2011. Von Humboldt’s parrot and the countdown of last speakers in the Colorado Delta. Language & Communication. doi:10.1016/j.langcom.2011.05.001. (view pdf)
  • 2009. How do Real Indians Fish? Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Contested Indigeneities in the Colorado Delta. American Anthropologist. 111(4): 468-479. (view pdf)
  • 2008.“Spread Your Ass Cheeks”: And Other Things that Should not be Said in Indigenous Languages. American Ethnologist. 35(1): 34-48. (view pdf)
  • Defending Diversity: Staking Out a Common, Global Interest. In Duchêne, Alexandre and Monica Heller eds. Discourses of Endangerment: Interest and Ideology in the Defence of Language. New York: Continuum. Pp. 14-34. (view pdf)
Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.Winter 2017
No ANTH course(s) were found for W2017 term.
ANTH 300 Contemporary Anthropological Theory
ANTH 217 Introduction to Culture and Communication
ANTH 540 Anthropology of the Awkward
ANTH 560 Contemporary Ethnography

Dr. Muehlmann has received numerous awards for her scholarly work including the 2009 University of California Press Public anthropology publishing Prize, the 2012 Ton Vallen Award and the 2012 Junior Scholar Award from the Anthropology and Environment Society. Dr. Muehlmann was also awarded the Best Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2012 from Anthropology Students Association at the University of British Columbia.

Awards

Member of the Royal Society of Canada, 2016, Royal Society of Canada (view)

Wall Scholar Award, 2015, Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies

Junior Scholar Prize, 2012, Anthropology and Environment Society (view)

Best Undergraduate Teaching Award 2011-2012, Anthropology Students Association, UBC.

Ton Vallen Award, 2012, The Babylon Center, Tilburg University (view)

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Language, Culture and the Environment (view)

Richard Carly Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, Wenner Gren Foundation 2012

Social Science and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant 2010-2013

Wenner-Gren Postdoctoral Research Award and Osmundsen Initiative Funding, Wenner-Gren Foundation 2010-2012