Cindee Calton is an anthropologist with a specialization in linguistic anthropology. She has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Iowa. She also has a B.A. in mathematics and anthropology from the University of Northern Iowa. Cindee’s research examines a variety of topics, including language ideology, the anthropology of education, American Sign Language, Deaf studies, and disability studies. Her ethnographic research focuses on how teacher and student identities and ideologies influence how teaching and learning happens. Her publications include an article in Disability and Society analyzing of the role socioeconomic class in the parenting of disabled children, and a chapter on the history of sign language linguistics in the edited volume Deaf Gain: Raising the Stakes for Human Diversity.
In addition to working at McNally Smith, Cindee is a Teacher Professional Development Specialist at the Science Museum of Minnesota. She works with a team to develop and facilitate professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on access and equity for each and every student in the classroom. One of the reasons that Cindee chose anthropology is that it allows her to teach a wide variety of topics. She has taught linguistic anthropology, cultural anthropology and biological anthropology at the University of Iowa and Black Hawk College. She is working to develop this experience into anthropology classes at McNally Smith, starting with the course Language and Culture.