Jason Haugen

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Areas of Study


  • BA, University Texas Austin, 1997
  • MA, University Arizona, 2000
  • PhD, University Arizona, 2004


Jason D. Haugen received a PhD in the Joint Program in Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona in 2004.

His research focuses on the Uto-Aztecan language family of the western United States and Mexico, including especially the morphology and syntax of Hiaki (Yaqui) as well as comparative and historical Uto-Aztecan morphosyntax.

He also studies linguistic theory (especially the interfaces of morphology with syntax and phonology); language endangerment, documentation, and revitalization; and the linguistic and cultural prehistory of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.

His book, Morphology at the Interfaces: Reduplication and Noun Incorporation in Uto-Aztecan, was published in the Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today series by John Benjamins Publishing Company in 2008.

His more recent work has appeared in such journals as Linguistic Inquiry, Morphology, and the International Journal of American Linguistics.

Courses taught at Oberlin include:

  • Fundamentals of Linguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • The Nature of Human Language
  • Language and Prehistory
  • The Native Languages of the Americas
  • From Comanches to Aztecs: Cultural Transformations in Native North America.


Jason Haugen Copresents Paper

January 17, 2020

Jason Haugen, associate professor of anthropology, copresented a paper at the 2020 winter meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) with senior linguistics major Nina Lorence-Ganong. Their paper examines historical linguistic connections between the Indigenous Uto-Aztecan and Plateau Penutian language families of western North America.

Jason Haugen and Amy Margaris Present

January 8, 2020

Jason Haugen, associate professor of anthropology, and Amy Margaris, associate professor of anthropology, presented at the 2020 Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New Orleans, LA. Their poster was titled, “Faculty placements into Linguistics PhD programs across the US and Canada: Market share and gender distribution.”

Jason Haugen and Benjamin Kuperman Present

May 18, 2015

Jason Haugen, assistant professor of anthropology, and Benjamin Kuperman, associate professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, presented their research paper “A New Approach to Uto-Aztecan Lexicostatistics” on May 8 at the 18th annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The paper was co-authored by and co-presented with Michael Everdell ’13.

Jason Haugen Co-Organizes Historical Linguistics Symposium

January 15, 2015

Jason Haugen, assistant professor of anthropology, recently co-organized and moderated a special joint Symposium at the combined Annual Meetings of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) and the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in Portland, OR. The session, Uto-Aztecan Historical Linguistics at the Centennial, was co-organized with Bill Merrill of the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Anthropology.

At this session, Haugen also co-presented a paper—“Lexicostatistics, Tubar, and ‘Sonoran’”—with alumnus Michael Everdell ’13 and Ben Kuperman, associate professor and chair, Department of Computer Science.

Jason Haugen Presents At Linguistics Workshop in Germany

January 5, 2015

Jason Haugen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, was recently an invited participant at the workshop The State of the Art of Mesoamerican Linguistics, held at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His presentation, “Uto-Aztecan,” will form the basis for a chapter in the forthcoming volume "The Languages and Linguistics of Middle and Central America: A Comprehensive Guide," which is to be published in the World of Linguistics series by Mouton de Gruyter.

Jason Haugen and Alumna Present at Linguistics Conference

January 23, 2014

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jason D. Haugen and Miriam Rothenberg ’12 recently presented their joint research at the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) annual meeting in Minneapolis. Their paper, “Allomorphy in the Classical Nahuatl ‘Nonactive,’” investigates the nature of verb-stem and affix alternations in Classical Nahuatl passive and impersonal constructions. This work extends research that began when Rothenberg was a research assistant for Haugen at Oberlin. Haugen also copresented a second paper, “Base-dependent reduplication and learnability,” with coauthor Adam Ussishkin, associate professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Linguistics, at the annual meeting of the SSILA’s sister society, the Linguistic Society of America, at the same conference


Pandemic Impact Award Helps Zoe Swann ’19 Continue Research on StartReact Effect

September 9, 2020

After graduating from Oberlin College with high honors in neuroscience and a concentration in linguistics, Zoe Swann ’19 immediately embarked on a PhD program at Arizona State University (ASU), where she began writing a literature review, and started developing a dissertation proposal. Then COVID-19 struck. It brought her research to a screeching halt until her lab was granted a $1,500 Pandemic Impact Award to support research expenses.