Semiotics Lab

Linguistic Anthropology @Penn


Dr. Asif Agha

Dr. Andrew Carruthers


The Penn Semiotics Lab was founded in the year 2000 as a research unit in the Department of Anthropology. The Lab’s participants include an active group of faculty and students from a variety of departments at Penn and other universities. Their interests span several fields and thematic areas in the study of language, culture and society, including spheres of education, law, science, medicine, markets, media, religion, migration, politics, and other aspects of human affairs. The Lab’s basic rationale is to facilitate faculty and student research, and to encourage collaborative projects among participants. The accompanying pages illustrate some of the Lab’s activities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Colloquia                 Annual Conference                                                                                                               

Publications            Related Courses           



  • Pablo Aguilera Del Castillo
  • Rachael Stephens
  • Aliyah Bixby-Driesen
  • Yalong Chen 
  • Bina Brody                                    
  • Kristina Nielsn 
  • Katherine Culver
  • Hei-won Byun  
  • Ferhan Tunagur  
  • Eric Greubel             
  • Marshall Knudson                   


  • T. Norreby, U Copenhagen, F 2015   
  • Irina Piipo, U Helsinki, 2013-14    
  • Maria Sidorkina, Yale U, 2013-14   
  • L. Kunreuther, Bard College, 2013-14
  • A. Staehr, U Copenhagen, F 2014     
  • Tomi Visakko, U Helsinki, S 2013   
  • Maria Sidorkina, Yale U, F 2012
  • M. Karrebaeck, U Copenhagen, F 2012
  • L. Madsen, U Copenhagen F 2012