Integrated Search Menu

Cindi SturtzSreetharan

Profile photo
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Cindi SturtzSreetharan earned a bachelor's in international relations from Willamette University; an master's in Asian studies from the University of Oregon; and a doctorate in Anthropology from University of California at Davis. To date, her interests have centered on a language-in-interaction approach to the construction of masculinity; specifically, most of her work has focused on how Japanese men use language as a resource for creating, maintaining, or refuting a masculine identity. More recently she has turned her attention to the intersection of language, the body, and medicine.

Her current research focus includes the following:

Fat in Four Cultures (PI), 2015-2018

Current data collection focus is a detailed, comparative, collaborative ethnographically-focused book project on how and why obesity and its stigma is differently experienced in everyday lives, comparing four countries (Japan, USA, Paraguay, Samoa). This phase of the project is to be completed in late 2018, with the ethnographic portion based on fieldwork in the Kansai region of Japan. Fat in Four Cultures is part of a larger set of interconnected projects being conducted by a range of SHESC faculty to understand obesity, stigma, and the young, thin ideal.

Older and Wiser BITs (Body Image Talks): Citizen Scientists in the Valley of the Sun (PI), 2017 - 2018

A citizen science project located in the Phoenix Valley which entails a language-based approach to understand how body image talk is experienced by mature adults. It aims to gain insights and better understandings of body talk and aging among older adults living in the local area. The authors hope to to engage and empower citizens in self-advocacy techniques with regard to body stigma and other challenges to maintaining healthy bodies across the lifespan.

Marginally Cool in Japan (PI), 2015 – 2020

Comparative project focused on understanding the lived experiences of dialect speaking Japanese women in the Kansai region of Japan. To date, close discourse analysis of naturally occurring and representational conversations among Japanese men show that dialect speakers are perceived as friendly and cool. Data collected from Japanese women speakers in the Kansai region of Japan is being analyzed for various linguistic markers including gender and dialect features specific to the Osaka dialect.

A fourth project focused on body talk is in the initial stages of development. Drawing on data from a myriad of sources, the ways in which women (and in the future men) candidly talk about their bodies will be investigated. SturtzSreetharan is working with Professor Marisol Perez of The Body Project with regard to this topic. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California-Davis 2001
  • M.A. Asian Studies, University of Oregon 1994
  • B.A. International Relations, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon 1992
Publications

SturtzSreetharan, CL.  With S Trainer, A. Wutich, and AA Brewis.  Moral Biocitizenship:  Discursively managing food and the body after Bariatric Surgery.  Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 28(2): 221-240.  (2018)

SturtzSreetharan, CL. With SY Han and AA Brewis.  Employment and weight status:  The extreme case of body concern in South Korea.  Economics and Human Biology 29:115-121. (2018)

SturtzSreetharan, CL. With AA Brewis, A Wutich.  Obesity Stigma as a Global Health Challenge. Globalization and Health 14:20. (2018) 

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi. Language and masculinity:  The role of Osaka dialect in contemporary ideals of fatherhood.  Gender and Language 11(4): 552-574. (2017)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.  Academy of Devotion:  Performing status, hierarchy, and masculinity on reality TV, Gender and Language 11(2):  176 - 203. (2017)

SturtzSreetharan, CL.  With AA Brewis, SY Han.  Weight, gender, and depression in South Korea.  American Journal of Human Biology.  DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22972. (2017) 

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi. Resignifying the Japanese father: Mediatization, commodification, and dialect.  Language and Communication. DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2016.09.003. (2017)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi. Na(a)n ya nen! Making Masculinity and Making Curry in Kansai. Journal of Japanese Language and Literature 49(2):  429-452. (2015)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.  With Janet S. Shibamoto Smith and Debra J Occhi.  Finding Mr. Right:  New looks at gendered modernity in Japanese Televised Romances. Published as part of the Special Issue:  Language in Public Spaces in Japan Journal of Japanese Studies 30(3):  409-17 (2010)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi. "Ore" and "Omae": Japanese men's use of first- and second-person pronounsPragmatics 19(2):  253-278. (2009)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.  Osaka Aunties:  Negotiating Honorific Language, Gender, and Regionality. In Brown, Amy & Josh Iorio (eds.) Proceedings of SALSA XVI:  2008 Texas Linguistic Forum 52:  163 – 173. (2008)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.  I read the Nikkei, too:  Crafting positions of authority and masculinity in Japanese Conversations, the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 16(2):  173 – 193. (2006)

 SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.  Gentlemanly Gender?  Japanese Men’s Politeness in Casual Conversations, Journal of Sociolinguistics:  10(1):  70-92. (2006)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi.  Japanese Men’s Linguistic Stereotypes and Realities:  Conversations from the Kansai and Kanto regions. In Okamoto, Shigeko and (Shibamoto)Smith, Janet. (eds.) Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People, Oxford University Press:  275 – 289. (2004)

SturtzSreetharan, Cindi. Students, Sarariiman (pl.), and Seniors:  Japanese men’s use of “manly” speech register. Language in Society 33:  81-107. (2004)

Sturtz(Sreetharan), Cindi. “Uwaki tte iu no wa attemo ii n janai ka?”:  Japanese men’s conversations up-close an personal.  (“It’s alright to have a mistress/affair, isn’t it?”), Japanese Studies 22(1):  49-63. (2002)

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 380Language, Culture & Gender
ASB 452Commnty Partnrshps Global Hlth
ASB 484Internship
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 380Language, Culture & Gender
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 380Language, Culture & Gender
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 380Language, Culture & Gender
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 380Language, Culture & Gender
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Professional Associations

American Anthropological Association (AAA) International Gender and Language Association (IGALA) International Pragmatics Association (IPrA) Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

Service

Kobe College Corporation Japan Education Exchange, Graduate Fellowship Program Chair (2012 - Present)

Community Publications

On the Quad College:  How to Arrive, Survive, and Thrive in College with Heidi van Beek.  Available on Amazon Kindle.  Published in 2014, On the Quad: How To Arrive, Survive and Thrive at College is a no-nonsense approach to making good decisions and achieving real success in your college career. With just a little help, you can make your college experience fun, exciting and successful. You’ll gain the confidence to ask the right questions and get the right answers from day-one of your college search, right through the first semesters of your new college life.

Check out our blog at:  www.onthequadcollege.com

Media:

Language Study Explores What Society Values - And Doesn't - In Each Gender

Interview with AZ NPR Affiliate, KJZZ, aired on August 21, 2018.

How Pivotal Moments Change Our Language, Culture

Interview with Dr. Neal Lester for AZ NPR Affiliate, KJZZ, aired on February 8, 2018.

Generational Shift, Reflections Of Technologies Change How We Use Words

Interview with AZ NPR Affiliate, KJZZ, aired on September 25, 2017.