Justin B. Richland


Contact Information

Office: Haskell Mezz 135
Phone: (773) 702-7736
Email: jrichland@uchicago.edu

(PhD, UCLA, 2004; JD, UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, 1996) Associate Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, is a linguistic anthropologist whose areas of research interest include legal discourse analysis and semiotics, anthropology of law, and contemporary Native American law and politics. From 2005-2009 he served as Justice Pro Tempore of the Hopi Appellate Court, the highest court of the Hopi Nation. He is founding Chairman of the Board of The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Inc. a non-profit organization offering social justice services to native nations in the US. He currently serves as Co-Editor of PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, the journal of the Association of Political and Legal Anthropologists. (On Leave 2014-2015)

Selected Works

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
(Under Contract) (With Jane Goodman and Matthew Tomlinson) Citational Practices. Annual Review of Anthropology, 43.
(In Press) Las perpetuidades de ley y tradición en el Tribunal de los Hopi Revista Jurídica de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Nacional de Mar de Plata.
2013 Jurisdiction: Law’s grounding in language Annual Review of Anthropology, 42: 209-226.
2013 (With Anna Weichselbraun) Language and Law. Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. Ed. John L. Jackson, Jr. New York: Oxford.
2013 Tribal Culture and Economic Growth PERC. The Magazine for Free Market Environmentalism Vol. 32:2, feature article.
2013 Speech Act Theory and the Culture and Critique of Intentionality. In M. Sbisa and K. Turner, eds., The Pragmatics of Speech Actions. The Hague: Mouton De Gruyter (in press)
2013 (w/ S. Coutin and V. Fortin) Routine Exceptionality: The Plenary Power Doctrine, Immigrants and the Indigenous under U.S. Law. University of California Irvine Law Review (in press).
2012 Discourse Analysis and Linguistic Anthropology In J. Gee and M. Hanford, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. Oxford: Taylor & Francis.
2012 Perpetuities Against Rules: Law, Ethnography and the Irresolution of Inheritance. Law, Culture, & Humanities. 8(3): 433-447.
2011 "Beyond Listening: Lessons for Native/American Collaboration from the Creation of the Nakwatsvewat Institute." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 35(1): 101-111.
2011 "Hopi Tradition As Jusridiction: On the Potentializing Limits of Hopi Tribal Sovereignty." Law and Social Inquiry 36(1): 201-234.
2010 "'They Did It Like a Song': Ethics, Aesthetics and Tradition in Hopi Legal Discourse," in Michael Lambek (ed.), Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language, and Action. Fordham University Press, 249-272.
2009 On Neoliberalism And Other Social Diseases: The 2008 Sociocultural Anthropology Year in Review. American Anthropologist, 110(2):170-176.
2009 (Co-authored with Maria Glowacka and Dorothy Washburn) Nuvatukya’ovi, San Francisco Peaks: Balancing Western Economies With Native American Spiritualities: A Report. Current Anthropology, 50(4):547-562.
2009 “‘Language, Court, Constitution. It’s All Tied Up Into One’: The (Meta)pragmatics of Tradition in a Hopi Tribal Court Hearing.” In Paul Kroskrity and Margaret Field (eds.), Native American Language Ideologies: Beliefs, Feelings, and Struggles in Indian Country. Tuczon, AZ: University of Arizona Press.
2009 Hopi Sovereignty as Epistemological Limit. Wicazo Sa Review, 24(1):89-112.
2008 Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court. Chicago Series in Law and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2008 The State of Hopi Exception: When inheritance is what you have. Cardozo Review of Law and Literature, 20(2):161-178.
2008 Sovereign Time, Storied Moments: Time, Law, and Ethnography. Political and Anthropological Review, 31(1):56-75.
2007 Pragmatic Paradoxes and Ironies of Indigeneity. American Ethnologist 34(3):540-558.
2006 The Multiple Calculi of Meaning. Discourse & Society, 17(1):65-97.
2005 “What are you going to do with the village’s knowledge?” Talking Tradition, Talking Law in Hopi Tribal Court. Law and Society Review, 39:235-271.
2004 (Co-authored with Sarah Deer) Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies. Tribal Legal Studies Series, Vol. 1. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press.