I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
My CV can be found here.
As a sociocultural linguist, I believe that the linguistic is always political.
My research has multiple strands, which tie together structural and sociocultural approaches:
I work on language documentation and maintenance with Tu'un Savi (Mixtec)-speaking communities in California, with a particular focus on youth’s language and identity practices in the face of first-dimension language shift.
I use linguistic theories and methodologies to analyze acts of discursive world-building, particularly among powerful groups in American society.
I do linguistics outreach education and study the ways that linguists can apply our research findings to change oppressive ideologies about languages and speakers.
All of these strands are linked by a focus on the intersection between language and social justice.
I’ll be presenting a paper about the construction of Mixtec womanhood in online and IRL discussions of the Oscar-winning film Roma at the 25th Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Social Organization (LISO) at UC Santa Barbara in May.
In 2019, I’ll be participating as a Fellow in the new Public Humanities Graduate Fellows Program at UC Santa Barbara’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.
With Mary Bucholtz, Eric Campbell, Alexia Fawcett, Gabriel Mendoza, Simon Peters, and Griselda Reyes Basurto, I recently presented a paper entitled “MILPA: A Community-Centered Linguistic Collaboration Supporting Indigenous Mexican Languages in California” at the 6th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
With the same group of coauthors, I presented a paper entitled “Collaborative Linguistics in a Diasporic Indigenous Oaxacan Community in California” at the 2019 meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in New York City (held concurrently with the LSA meeting).
My dissertation project, “The Linguistic and Cultural Dimensions of First-Generation Language Shift”, was recommended for funding through the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant program in Cultural Anthropology (#1851433).