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.
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.