Hannah Carlan


Hannah Carlan

Graduate Student

Email: hannahcarlan@ucla.edu

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Fields of Study

Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology


Multilingualism; rural development; language and political economy; gender; the state; bureaucracy; NGOs; Himalayas; India


In Press. Carlan, Hannah. Review of Everyday Creativity: Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills, by Kirin Narayan. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research.

In Press. Carlan, Hannah. “Grammars of Difference: Language, Literature, and Racialization in the Linguistic Survey of India.” In Colonialism and Official Forms of Knowledge: The British in India, ed. Vinay Lal. New Delhi: Primus Books.

2019. Mankekar, Purnima and Hannah Carlan.  “The Remediation of Nationalism:  Viscerality, Virality, and Digital Affect.” In Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia, ed. Aswin Punathambekar and Sriram Mohan. Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press. pp. 203-222.

2018. Carlan, Hannah. “‘In the Mouth of an Aborigine’: Language Ideologies and Logics of Racialization in the Linguistic Survey of India.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2018 (252): 97–123.

Carlan, Hannah. 2016. “Gender Violence, Neoliberal Institutions, and Digital Activism in India.” Proceedings of Thinking Gender, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA. 

Carlan, Hannah. 2016. “Beyond ‘Culture’: Feminist Activism in India since 2012.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women Blog. https://csw.ucla.edu/2016/02/17/beyond-culture-feminist-activism-india-since-2012/

Carlan, Hannah. 2015. “‘Dented, Painted, and Proud’: Satire on Indian Social Media after the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape.” Texas Linguistic Forum: Proceedings of the 23rd Symposium about Language and Society 58: 11–22.

Awards & Grants

Social Science Research Council Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2017)

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2017)

Fulbright-Nehru U.S. Student Research Award (2017)

Charles E. and Sue K. Young Graduate Student Award (UCLA, 2017)

UCLA Affiliates Scholarship (2017)

Critical Language Scholarship — Punjabi (2017)

International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship (UCLA, 2017)

Edwin Pauley Fellowship (UCLA, 2014)

Graduate Dean’s Scholarship (UCLA, 2013)

Bill and Melinda Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2013-2014)

Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship, New Delhi (2012-2013)

Society of Linguistic Anthropology Sapir Prize, Runner Up (2012)

American Institute of Indian Studies, Intensive Hindi Fellowship (2010)

Conference Presentations

Oct. 2019        “We Eat Their Minds”: Language Ideologies and the World of Extension in Kangra; Interrogating South Asia, Graduate Student Conference, University of California-Irvine

Oct. 2019        (De)Politicizing Language Shift in/as Development in India’s Western Himalayas; Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nov. 2018        Women Farmers and the Languages of Sustainable Agriculture in Himachal Pradesh, India; American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting; San Jose, CA

June 2018        Multilingualism and “Women’s Empowerment” in Himachal Pradesh, India. 10th International Conference on Gender and Language; Gaborone, Botswana.

Feb. 2018        Development in Translation: Language and Women’s Empowerment in Himachal Pradesh, India. South and Central Asia Fulbright Conference; New Delhi, India.

Apr. 2017        Invited Talk: Cultural Relativism and the Development Industry: Anthropological and Political Exigencies, UCLA Global Development Laboratory

Nov. 2016       Colonizing Language, Contesting Knowledge: British Epistemologies and the Linguistic Survey of India, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 2016        Gender Violence, Neoliberal Institutions, and Digital Activism in India, Thinking Gender, 26th Conference, Center for the Study of Women, UCLA

Nov. 2015       “Proud to be Indian, Terrified as an Indian Woman”: Violence, Culture, and Nation on Social Media in India, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO   

Apr. 2015        “Dented, Painted, and Proud”: Satire on Indian Social Media after the 2012Delhi Gang Rape, Symposium about Language and Society XXIII, University of Texas-Austin

Feb. 2015        Narratives of “Rape Culture” and Anxieties of Class Difference in Indian Digital Media after the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape, Sandrizona VIII, University of Arizona

May 2012        “It’s a Brown Thing”: Gender, Stereotyping, and Humorous Conversation in a  South Asian Community of Practice, Anthropology Undergraduate Research Conference, New York University


B.A. Linguistics and Anthropology, New York University (2012)

M.Phil., Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (2014)