Team education

Gaby Vargas Melgarejo


We are extremely proud of our associate, Gaby Vargas Melgarejo, who won a full scholarship for fulltime participation in the prestigious Native American Master’s Program in Linguistics (NAMA) at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. Gaby completed her Master’s degree in Sociolinguistics at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2019, and she completed her first and second semesters remotely at U AZ in 2020 and 2021.

In August (2021) Gaby was invited to begin doctoral studies in Linguistics at the University of Arizona, making her one of a very small number of native Quechua speakers now pursuing graduate degrees in the US!

Land acknowledgment

Although a website appears to be landless, the people who make it are not. I acknowledge that I have lived most of my adult life in Boston, Massachusetts, an Algonquian name meaning ‘At the foothills of the Great Hills’, referring to the Blue Hills where my husband and I frequently unwind by hiking. I grew […]

Where are posts from the field?

If you are a newcomer to this blog, or a former fan, you may have wondered what happened to all the posts from the field. Why are there big gaps? I began blogging in 2008 while participating in the Andean Worlds Seminar in Peru, and those posts are found at the very bottom, since posts […]

Welcome to the field

I’ve been putting off writing this next blog post… where to start? When entering a community to conduct field research there is a need to establish trust and common ground – two elements that are hard to maintain in a post for a broad audience. It’s tempting to present the community only in the light […]

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