Ph.D., University of Michigan (2011), Educational Studies (Individualized Program in Anthropology and Education)
M.Sc. (with Merit), London School of Economics and Political Science, Social Anthropology
A.B. (Honors) Xavier University, Classics, Philosophy
Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne, Section Universitaire, Cours de Civilisation Française, Xavier University Fredin Scholar
I use semiotic and linguistic anthropological approaches to research contexts of learning and development in comparative, international perspective. My research and publications have focused on communication (particularly in English), Self-development and belonging in the lives of class-mobile youth in a rural South African township. I currently serve as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and Adjunct Professor at Temple University College of Education.
Hobby-wise, I enjoy music mixing and vinyl record collecting, and often bring this passion and experience into my scholarly work on youth and culture. I have also recently taken up an interest in early U.S. and family history, joining the Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
My wife Emily and I are the parents of Grant and Isabel, and we live in the Garrett Hill neighborhood of Bryn Mawr, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.
You can contact me here: andrewbabson AT gmail.com