My work has multiple strands, which tie together applied, theoretical, structural, and sociocultural approaches:
I study language and identity with Tu’un Savi (Mixtec)-speaking communities in California, with a particular focus on youth’s multilingual identity practices in the face of first-generation language shift. I also work on community-led language reclamation, documentation, and maintenance projects.
I use linguistic theories and methodologies to analyze acts of discursive world-building, particularly among powerful groups in American society.
I do collaborative linguistics outreach and education — with speech-language pathologists, public high school students, and Indigenous youth — and search for ways that linguists can apply our research findings to intervene in incorrect or oppressive ideologies about marginalized languages and groups of speakers.
All of these strands are linked by a focus on the intersection between language and social justice.
At the AAA/CASCA annual meeting in Vancouver in November, I’ll be presenting a paper entitled “Language professionalization as a trigger for language-ideological revalorization in a Mixtec immigrant community” on Sonya Rao and Edwin Everhart’s panel “Redefining the Language Professional: Shifting Duties and Changing Institutional Climates” (Thursday 11/21, 4:15-6:00pm).
At the LSA Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January 2020, my coauthor Rachel Enevoldsen (CCC-SLP) and I will present a paper entitled “Linguist-speech pathologist collaboration as service-in-return to speakers of minority languages” (Saturday 1/4, 3:30-4:00pm).
At the 2020 SSILA Winter Meeting in New Orleans in January, I’ll present a paper called “How a Swadesh list became a tool for sibling language socialization in the Mixtec diaspora” (Sunday 1/5, 10:30-11:00am).
My submission for LSA 2020, “Linguist-speech pathologist collaboration as service-in-return to speakers of minority languages” (coauthored with Rachel Enevoldsen), won third prize in the LSA’s Student Abstract Award competition.
I was selected to receive a 2019-2020 Graduate Dissertation Award from UC Santa Barbara’s Chicano Studies Institute.
I was recently awarded a 2019-2020 Dissertation Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.
In May 2019, I presented a paper entitled “‘Sí Señora, No Señora’: The Indigenous Mexican Woman as a Domestic Figure of Personhood in Discourses Around the 2018 Film Roma” at the 25th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) at UC Santa Barbara.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, I am participating as a Fellow in the new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.