Kendra Calhoun

Kendra Calhoun (@_kendracalhoun) is President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary research analyzes language, race, culture, and identity online, with particular focus on online humor and discursive forms of social activism among Black social media users. She has written on Black racial humor on Vine, everyday online activism among Black Tumblr users, and how sociocultural constructs such as the ‘straight white boy’ circulate on social media as social critique. Her dissertation examines the material consequences of ‘diversity and inclusion’ discourses in higher education on marginalized graduate students, including analysis of discourse on Academic Twitter. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in Linguistics from University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Psychology from University of South Carolina.

Selected Publications
  1. Calhoun, K., Hudley, A. H. C., Bucholtz, M., Exford, J., & Johnson, B. (2021). Attracting Black students to linguistics through a Black-centered Introduction to Linguistics course. Language, 97(1).
  2. Calhoun, K. (2020). Blackout, black excellence, Black Power: Strategies of everyday online activism on Black Tumblr. In A. McCracken, A. Cho, L. Stein, & I. Neill Hoch (Eds.), a tumblr book: platform and cultures. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
  3. Calhoun, K. (2019). Vine racial comedy as anti-hegemonic humor: Linguistic performance and generic innovation. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 29(1), 27-49.