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).
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.
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.