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.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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).