Justin B. Richland


Contact Information

Office: Haskell M135
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 the Social Sciences in the College, and Director of Graduate Studies. Dr. Richland is a linguistic anthropologist whose areas of research interest include legal discourse analysis and semiotics, anthropology of law, and contemporary Native American law, politics, art and ethnographic museology. He is founding Chair of the Board of The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Inc. In 2014 he was appointed Adjunct Curator of North American Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History and in 2015 he was appointed by the Hopi Tribal Government as Associate Justice of the Hopi Appellate Court. This is his second term of service on the court, where from 2006-09 he served as Justice Pro Tempore. In 2016 he also became a member of the Research Faculty of the American Bar Foundation. His publications have appeared in several leading peer-reviewed outlets, including most recently in the Annual Review of Anthropology, Law and Social Inquiry, and UC Irvine Law Review, and the Maryland Journal of International Law. He has two books, Arguing with Tradition: The Language of Law in Hopi Tribal Court (U. Chicago Press, 2008) and Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies (with Sarah Deer), 3rd Edition, (Alta Mira Press, 2015). In addition to his scholarship and advocacy, he is also co-curating of an exhibition of the art of Rhonda Holy Bear and Chris Pappan, two contemporary Native American artists, which will open at the Field Museum of Chicago in November 2016 He was named a J.S. Guggenheim Fellow in April 2016

Selected Works

Selected Publications

Year Title / Publications PDF
n.d. "Routine Exceptionality: The Plenary Power Doctrine, Immigrants and the Indigenous under US Law" (with S. Coutin and V. Fortin). [Reprint]. Immigration and Nationality Law Review (Forthcoming).
n.d. On Perpetuity: Law, Tradition, Juris-diction. In R. Provost, ed., Culture in the Domains of Law. Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming).
2016 Dignity as (Self-)Determination: Hopi Sovereignty in the face of US Dispossessions. Law and Social Inquiry 41(4): 917-938.
2016 Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, 3rd Edition (with Sarah Deer). New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
2016 Paths in the Wilderness? The Politics of Hopi Religious Freedom on Hopitutswka. Maryland Journal of International Law 31: 217-243.
2015 "The Constituion of Violence through the Language of Law: Legal Hermeneutics in Second Century Roman Egypt," Law and Social Inquiry 40(3): 797-802.
2014 "Routine Exceptionality: The Plenary Power Doctrine, Immigrants, and the Indigenous under US Law." University of California Irvine Law Review 4:97-120. (with S. Coutin and V. Fortin).
2014 "Citational Practices, Knowledge, Personhood and Subjectivity" (with J. Goodman and M. Tomlinson), Annual Review of Anthropology, 43: 449-463.
2014 "Analyzing the Trial" (with R. Burns, M. Constable and W. Sulliavan). [Reprint]. Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Trial Procedure. P. Roberts, Ed. London: Ashgate.
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)
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.