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Bonnie Urciuoli earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her master’s degree and doctorate from The University of Chicago. Appointed to the faculty in 1988, she specializes in linguistic and cultural anthropology, specifically public discourses of race, class and language, and the discursive construction of “diversity” in U.S. higher education. Professor Urciuoli’s book Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class received the 1997 Gustavus Myers Center Award for the study of human rights in North America. Honored by students and peers, she has received the Student Assembly’s Sidney Wertimer Teaching Award and the Dean of Faculty’s Scholarly Career Achievement Award.


  • Hamilton College Dean’s Scholarly Career Achievement Award, 2011
  • Sidney Wertimer Teaching Award (selected by the Hamilton College Student Assembly), 2009
  • Gustavus Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, presented to Exposing Prejudice for outstanding work on intolerance in North America, 1997
  • Spencer Foundation award through Small Grants Program, for research on phonetic variation in New York Puerto Rican English, 1988
  • National Endowment for the Humanities and National Science Foundation combined preservation grant for the integration of the Archives of the Languages of the World into the Archives of Traditional Music collections at Indiana University, 1988
  • Ford Foundation Advisory Committee on the Movement of Caribbean Peoples field grant, for doctoral research, 1977-1979

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., The University of Chicago
M.A., The University of Chicago
B.A., Syracuse University

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