About

Thanks for your interest.

I’m an anthropologist and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. I’m primarily located in the Anthropology and Education program, but I also have an appointment in the International and Comparative Education program.

My research centers on how state institutions, such as Ministries of Education or schools, affect minoritized populations, as well as how people resist and/or adapt to mainstream norms. I’m interested in how, or if, multilingualism and non-traditional educational practices can transform state institutions. I believe in ethnography as a means to better understand the social complexity often missed in national level schooling policies or “global” development work and as a means to supporting others.

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 and is the most spoken family of Indigenous languages in the Americas.

My main research areas are the intersections of linguistic and cultural anthropology, anthropology of education, multilingualism, sociopolitical movements and the state, Indigenous linguistic and cultural revitalization, and urban inequality in Latin America.

I received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 in anthropology and in educational linguistics.

Feel free to contact me at nl2539 (at) tc.columbia.edu.