Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology

Dr. Thea Strand


Department of Anthropology
Loyola University Chicago
Lake Shore Campus
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL   60660
Office: Crown 466
Office Phone: 773.508.3447


Thea Strand is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2009. Her primary research involves ongoing fieldwork in rural Valdres, Norway, where she studies the relationships between dialect use, language change, political economy, and mass media. Her current research is focused on the ways in which dialect has become a valuable commodity in Valdres' growing tourism industry.


Strand, Thea R. 2015. "Pro-Dialect Practices and Linguistic Commodification in Rural Valdres, Norway." In Language Variation -- European Perspectives V, edited by Eivind N. Torgersen, Stian Hårstad, Brit Mæhlum, and Unn Røyneland, 211-223. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Strand, Thea R. 2012. "Winning the Dialect Popularity Contest: Mass-Mediated Language Ideologies and Local Responses in Rural Valdres, Norway." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(1): 23-43.

Strand, Thea R. 2012. "Dialect as Style in Norwegian Mass Media." In Style-Shifting in Public: New Perspectives on Stylistic Variation, edited by Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy and Juan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa, 185-203. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Strand, Thea R., Michael Wroblewski, and Mary K. Good. 2010. "Words, Woods, Woyds: Variation and Accommodation in Schwar Realization in Southern Louisiana." Journal of English Linguistics 38(3): 211-229.

Wroblewski, Michael, Thea R. Strand, and Sylvie Dubois. 2010 "Mapping a Dialect 'Mixtury': African American and White Vowel Phonologies in Rural Southern Louisiana." In African American English Speakers and their Participation in Local Sound Changes: A Comparative Study, edited by Malcah Yaeger-Dror and Erik R. Thomas, 48-72. Durham: Duke University Press.


ANTH 100: Globalization and Local Cultures

ANTH 222: Contemporary European Culture

ANTH 231: Linguistic Anthropology

ANTH 330: Language in Popular Culture

ANTH 332: Language, Race, and Inequality

ANTH 361: Language and Place

Coming soon:

Language, Identity, and Diversity (2018)