I am a linguist specializing in language revitalization, language teaching, and second language acquisition. I aim to conduct research that supports the revitalization goals of the community members I work with. My focus is on the Zapotec languages of Mexico, and I work with Zapotec speakers to teach, write, document, describe, and create resources in these languages.

My article with Ari Sherris on task-based teaching and language revitalization received the 2019 Best Research Article Award from the International Association for Task-based Language Teaching.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Bryn Mawr College. I’ve previously held positions at the Smithsonian Institution and the Center for Applied Linguistics. I received my doctorate in Linguistics from Georgetown University in 2017.

Research interests:

  • Teaching methods for language revitalization, especially the benefits and drawbacks of task-based approaches
  • The nature of linguistic input and interaction available to learners in revitalization contexts, how this differs from other language learning settings, and what this means for learning outcomes
  • Effects of social factors such as group identity and language ideology on language teaching and learning in revitalization contexts
  • Conducting linguistic documentation, analysis, and description in ways that are useful for language revitalization efforts
  • Complex laryngeal phonology (tone and phonation) and the representation of these features in writing systems