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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Heather Loyd, PhD

Dr. Heather LoydAssistant Professor of Linguistic Anthropology

SASW, 252-A Waters Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-4981
Fax: 785-532-6978
Email: hloyd@ksu.edu


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997

 Interests: Language and Gender, Language and Identity, Language Socialization, Moral Discourse, Social Inequality, Risk and Resilience, Anthropology of Childhood, Urban Anthropology, Visual Ethnography (Southern Italy)

As a linguistic anthropologist, Dr. Heather Loyd is interested in how human experience is socially constructed through talk and interaction. She views speakers as social actors and language as a powerful tool to get things done in everyday lives, such as display personal and group identities, maintain relationships, as well as create inequalities through stereotyping and discrimination.

Dr. Loyd has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the U.S. and Italy for ten years. Her research is rooted in a critical dialogue between linguistic anthropology and sociocultural studies of youth, class, and gender. She examines the ways in which children grow up in various urban environments across social classes. Research conducted in urban spaces tends to focus on males. Dr. Loyd’s dissertation research instead turns to the public and private worlds of girls, examining the ways in which they navigate everyday problems and social systems through talk and interaction. Her dissertation, Growing up Fast: The Rhetoric of Resilience among Inner City Neapolitan Girls, examines the ways in which girls, faced with harsh economic conditions and social marginalization from mainstream society, learn and use particular communicative strategies from a very young age, such as assertiveness, wit, and sarcasm, to cope with risk and inequality in their inner city environment. These rhetorical strategies are used as a means for carving out dignity and personal empowerment in their daily experiences of multi-dimensional exclusion.

In addition, as a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families, Dr. Loyd conducted three years of ethnographic data collection to document a week in the life of 32 Los Angeles middle-class households as they accomplished family and household activities. She studied the social construction of childhood in Los Angeles, as well as in Rome, where an Italian Center on Everyday Lives of Families was located. She analyzed the social, emotional, and physical coordination involved in raising children, and the cultural and family values that reinforced everyday family practices.



Loyd, Heather. (2012). The Logic of Conflict: Practices of social control among inner city Neapolitan girls. In Theobald, Maryanne and Susan Danby (eds). Disputes in everyday life: Social and moral orders of children and young people. American Sociological Association's Studies of Children and Youth; Emerald Books.

Fasulo, A., Loyd, H. and Padiglione, V. (2007). Children's Socialization into Cleaning Practices: A cross-cultural perspective. Discourse and Society 18(1). 

Fasulo, A., Loyd, H. and Padiglione, V. (2006). La Socializzazione alle Pratiche di Pulizia: Un'indagine comparativa. Età Evolutiva.