Sara Goico

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I am currently a University of California President’s and National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow. My research focuses on the organization of language and interaction in contexts with limited shared language. I primarily rely on ethnographic fieldwork combined with the microanalysis of video recordings of naturally occurring interactions. Over the last ten years, I have conducted fieldwork in Iquitos, Peru with deaf youth who have never acquired an established language. Along with my research activities, I worked with the Iquitos community to establish a deaf school that now provides these children with access to language. An ongoing research project investigates language socialization in the deaf school. While at UCLA, I am spearheading a new study with deaf preschoolers in Southern California.


Ph.D., Anthropology (Linguistic), University of California, San Diego

M.A., Anthropology (Linguistic), University of California, San Diego

B.A., Linguistic Anthropology, American Sign Language, Spanish, University of Rochester


2019-2021: UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow

2019-2022: NSF SBE Postdoctoral Fellow

2017-2018: NSF RAPID 

2014: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant

2010: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Iquitos, Peru

Selected Publications

Goico, S. (2019). “The impact of ‘inclusive’ education on the language of deaf youth in Iquitos, Peru.” Sign Language Studies 19(3): 348-372.

Goico, S. (2019). The Social Lives of Deaf Youth in Iquitos, Peru. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, San Diego. 

Kang, D., S. Goico, S. Ghanbari, K. Bennallack, T. Pontes, D.H O’Brien, J. Hargis. (2019)                      “Providing an Oral Examination as an Authentic Assessment in a Large Section, Undergraduate Diversity Class.” International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 13(2): article 10.

Goico, S. (2017). “Marginalization as a Dynamic Process: The Microanalysis of Interactions of a Deaf Student in a Mainstream Classroom.” In Marginalization Processes across Different Settings: Going Beyond the Mainstream, ed. Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, 199-227. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.