Colleen Winkelman (she/her)

Graduate Student

  • BA in Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks 2018
  • MA in Anthropology, University of Virginia 2021


Sport (Rugby, Equestrian), Global, National, and Group identities in sport, Embodiment, Language and gender, Interspecies Relationship Interaction, and Communication

I am a PhD student in linguistic anthropology researching interspecies interaction, specially human-horse interaction and communication. My research seeks to add to the recent move to employ multimodal analysis of interaction and linguistic anthropological theory in interspecies contexts. Through investigating human-horse interactions and relationships, I try to understand how humans and horses accomplish interactions together and how we can understand cooperation/resistence in interspecies interactions.

My previous research interests were focused on rugby players and linguistic practices in Oceania, specifically Aotearoa New Zealand. This interest grew out of an undergraduate thesis I wrote on the social song practices of collegiate women rugby players in the US. I became interested in haka (posture dance) and Aotearoa New Zealand because of the practice and appropriation of the form that some US teams particiapted in as well as the influence of the All Blacks (New Zealands' national men's team) on the aspiring ruggers in the US. Though my research has shifted, my interest in communication beyond speech and embodiment in interaction continues to weave through my work.