Jessica Chandras

Jessica Chandras

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Anthropology Ph.D. program.

Year of Entry: Fall 2012

Advisor: Joel Kuipers

Research: Marathi Language and Identity: The Desire for Mother Tongue Education in India

Chandras researches intersections of language, identity, and education in Maharashtra, India, by examining the variety of ways in which discourse on mother tongues, such as Marathi in Maharashtra, and English is constructed in postcolonial educational settings. The languages used in educational institutions reinforce specific linguistic identities and language ideologies. Her research examines the ways English and Marathi are positioned within interactional and ideological economies of Maharashtrians in ways that impact their identities.


B.A. (Anthropology) 2010, University of Washington
M.A. (Anthropology) 2015, The George Washington University


Selected Publications and Presentations

2014  Chandras, J. “The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life by Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey (review).” South Asian Review special issue, November.

2014  Chandras, J. “Disciplining Language and the Language of Discipline: Linguistic Methods for Classroom Management in English-Medium Schools in Maharashtra, India.” Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, “Producing Anthropology,” Washington, DC, Dec. 4.

2014  Chandras, J. “Reproducing Hierarchies: Language Education, Postcolonialism, and the Subaltern in India.”  Presented at the GW Anthropology Department Annual Symposium, March 21.

2013  Chandras, J. “Minglish: The Language of Urban Maharashtra.”  Presented at the Lewis N. Cotlow Student Research Conference, GW, Washington DC, 10/18/13 and the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, “Future Publics Current Engagements,” Chicago, IL Nov. 21.