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Department of Anthropology


Dillon Ludemann

Title: Research Affiliate / Faculty Member
Department: Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6500
Office: Gambrell Hall 422
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Dillon Ludemann


Dillon Ludemann (Ph.D., Binghamton University, 2022) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. He is a linguistic anthropologist whose research interests are digital narrative, language ideology, and far-right political rhetoric on anonymous digital media platforms. His work examines the use of specialized ways of speaking on the anonymous imageboard website, 4chan, and how these ways of speaking reinforce inflammatory political discourse and notions of community on the website.


ANTH 370 / LING 305: Ethnography of Communication

ANTH 591 / LING 505: Digital Linguistic Anthropology

ANTH 747 / LING 747: Language as Social Action

ANTH 355 / LING 340: Language, Culture and Society

Recent Accomplishments

Paper Presentation: Creatures of Kek, November 2022, American Pragmatics Association

Paper Presentation: “Deus Vult:” Digital Language Ideologies and Conspiracy on 4chan’s /pol/, November 2022, American Anthropological Association, Digital Presentation

Paper Panel Presentation: Greentext and Shitposting as Discursive Violence within 4chan’s /pol/ Board, Part of the Session Offensive language on social media, International Pragmatics Association, July 2021. Digital Presentation

Representative Publications

“Digital Hatred in Corruption’s Defense: The Role of the ‘Bread Bakers’ in 4chan’s ‘President Trump General’ Threads,” invited book chapter for Corruption and Illiberal Politics in the Trump Era. Donna M. Goldstein and Kristen Drybread, eds. Routledge. 2022

“Digital semaphore: Political discourse and identity negotiation through 4chan’s /pol/.” New Media & Society

“/pol/emics: Ambiguity, scales and digital discourse online.” Discourse, Context and Media. Vol 24, pp. 92-98

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