Department of Comparative Human Development and the College
Terra Edwards is a linguistic anthropologist interested in the existential and environmental foundations of language. Broadly, her research asks how different ways of being in the world give rise to different kinds of languages. Since 2006, she has pursued this interest in DeafBlind communities, where new tactile ways of being have emerged alongside a new tactile language.
Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for anthropological research, and has been published in Language, the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Frontiers in Psychology, and Language in Society, among other venues.
Edwards received a BA with an emphasis in interpretation and translation from The Evergreen State College; an MA in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin; and a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She was most recently an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at Saint Louis University and was previously an assistant professor of linguistics at Gallaudet University.