Deborah Augsburger

Dr. Deborah

Office: Swenson Hall 3082


Deborah Augsburger received her B.A. in History from Earlham College, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology (Linguistic/Cultural) from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research was on language socialization, identity and cultural politics in a Zapotec-Spanish bilingual community in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In addition to her ongoing interest in efforts to preserve indigenous languages, and changing identities in Isthmus Zapotec communities of Oaxaca, she is committed to engaging students in hands-on research in local communities. Past collaborative projects have included a study of “food deserts” in Superior and student access to healthy food.


  • Karlawish, J., Barg, F. K., Augsburger, D., Beaver, J., Ferguson, A., & Nunez, J. (2010). What Latino Puerto Ricans and non‐Latinos say when they talk about Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s &Amp; Dementia7(2), 161–170.
  • Augsburger, D. (2007). Review of Angelelli: Medical interpreting and cross-cultural communication. Interpreting. Journal of Linguistic Anthroplogy, 17(2), 289-291.
  • Augsburger, D. (2003). Traduciendo a la Brujería: Bruxos, Hechizeros y Hechizeria. M. A. Frizzi (Ed.). Escritura Zapoteca: 2,500 Años de Historia (pp. 241-264). CIESAS, 2003.
  • Augsburger, D. (1999). How Should Authenticity Count? Language Purism and Number Terms in Isthmus Zapotec. In M. Brody, G. Liebscher and H. Ogren (eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Symposium About Language and Society (SALSA), Austin, TX.


  • 2018 – UW-Superior Faculty Development Grant
  • 2013 – UW-Superior Jumpstart Funding
  • 2013 – UW-Superior Faculty Development Grants
  • 2010 – CETL Discipline Grant
  • 2009 – UW-Superior Wisconsin Teaching Fellow
  • 2006 – Temple Research Incentive Fund Grant
  • 1999 – Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1998 – Chimicles Teaching Fellowship, Penn’s Writing Across the University Program
  • 1997 – Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1995 – Garcia Robles-Fulbright award for research in Mexico


  • 2004 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
  • 1984 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – History, Earlham College