Department of Anthropology

Lauren Hayes
Assistant Professor
Cultural Anthropology


PhD Anthropology, The University of Arizona, 2017
MA Anthropology, The University of Arizona, 2009
BA, Wake Forest University, 2006

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Lauren Hayes is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist focusing on work, gender, globalization, workplace discourse, and rural identity. She examines how systems of flexible and gendered labor are reproduced and the ways that people adapt to labor transformations. Ongoing research centers on gender and manufacturing, tech-based workforce development, and reproductive labor in Appalachia and other regions of the United States. Her previous research focused on livelihood strategies among women microloan borrowers in Honduras. Dr. Hayes is accepting MA and PhD students who are interested in gender and work, language and communication at work, and applied and economic anthropology.


Courses Taught

ANTH 3300 Ethnographic Methods
ANTH 4023/5005 Seminar: Applied Anthropology and the Workplace


Selected Publications

Hayes, Lauren and Yuson Jung (2023) Beyond Methods: A Model for Teaching
Theory in Applied Anthropology. Annals of Anthropological Practice. 47(1): 20-34 doi: 10.1111/napa.12194


Hayes, Lauren (2021) Language and Culture in Workplace Ethnography. Oxford               
Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology. New York. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.013.294


Hayes, Lauren (2020) Managing Dirt: disciplines of cleanliness and contamination at a      
Kentucky auto parts factory. Ethnos 85(5): 777-798. doi:10.1080/00141844.2019.1614642


Hayes, Lauren (2019) High-Tech Futures in “Silicon Holler.” Journal for the Anthropology of
North America. 22(2): 96-99. doi: 10.1002/nad.12099


Hayes, Lauren (2018) Is High-tech Manufacturing Resocialing Work in Appalachian Kentucky?
Anthropology of Work Review. 39(1): 10-16 doi: 10.1111/awr.12132


Hayes, Lauren (2018) Mobile and Temporary: Women and Workplace Precarity in Appalachian
Kentucky. Journal of Appalachian Studies. 24(1) doi:10.5406/jappastud.24.1.0026


Hayes, Lauren (2017) The Hidden Labor of Repayment: Women, credit, and strategies of microenterprise in northern Honduras. Economic Anthropology 4(1): 22-36. doi: 10.1002/sea2.12070


Hayes, Lauren (2015) Notes from the Field: Navigating the Role of Researcher at a Factory Fieldsite in Appalachian Kentucky. Arizona Anthropologist Vol. 24, p. 42-50.


Hayes, Lauren (2017) “I Don’t Always March, but When I Do, I March My Ass to Work: Labor, Intersectional Feminism, and the Women’s March" Anthropology News website, 58(3): 388-392. doi: 10.1111/AN.501

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