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Department ofAnthropology

Sam Grace

Sam L. Grace

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Sam L. Grace is a cultural anthropologist whose work on citizenship and the life course draws on medical and linguistic anthropology. Her multigenerational research in urban Ecuador, California, and Arizona emphasizes the role of schools as a site for negotiating rights, responsibilities, and belonging across the life course. Her theoretical orientation centers the phenomenological and discursive negotiation of temporal identities, particularly as they intersect with local, national, and transnational political subjectivities. Her dissertation research with 10th graders and their families at the height of Ecuador’s “educational revolution” reveals aging as a technique of biocitizenship. New work with U.S. Latinx parents and young children explores how “temporary” school-centered communities shape multigenerational and transnational ethnic identities. Research topics include: aging and the life course, gender and sexuality, citizenship, education, transnational ethnic identity, and kinship.


ANTH 157: Family, Kin and Culture 

ANTH 172: Anthropology of Aging