I am a linguistic and cultural anthropologist. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.
My research centers on the politics of bilingual education for indigenous groups, focusing on the processes through which we can transform state institutions through multilingualism and non-traditional educational practices. I am especially concerned with how state and nonstate institutions affect how we speak in, and teach, indigenous languages, as well as how indigenous languages can be used to build community. I work primarily with Kichwa educational activists in Ecuador.
My research occurs in Spanish and in Kichwa. Kichwa is known as Quechua in Peru and Bolivia. It was the language of the Incan empire.
My main research areas include linguistic anthropology of education, multilingualism, sociopolitical movements and state relations, indigenous language and culture revitalization, and alternative models of education.
Feel free to contact me at nl2539 (at) tc.columbia.edu.