Teaching Fellows

Patrick Lewis

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Patrick Lewis

Area of Study

Department of Anthropology

Patrick Lewis

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Patrick Lewis received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago in August 2020. Lewis’ dissertation. “Publis of Value: Higher Education and Language Activism in Turkey and North Kurdistan,” examines contemporary Kurdish language activism among university students and their role in the formation of new Kurdish-language publics in the country over the past decade. It explores how the Kurdish language is positioned by his interlocutors –primarily Kurdish students, educators, and media workers–as a medium of value in public life more broadly and it considers this value’s realization in distinct forms both as part of lived, face-to-face relationships and in relation to larger institutionalized value regimes. His work touches on the political economy of higher education and language, youth politics, and the interrelated semiotic and material processes shaping the construction of public life. Lewis’ work has been supported by the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, and the Spencer-NaED Dissertation Fellowship.