Team education

Carlos Flores Quispe


Carlos Flores Quispe has been accepted to graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he began a doctoral program focused on second language acquisition and applied linguistics in summer, 2022. Carlos completed a bachelor’s degree in Quechua and English languages at the Universidad Mayor Real y Pontificia San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, second oldest university in the Americas and has also won undergraduate fellowships to University of Arizona and a pre-degree in Sociology, granted by the University of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic where he also taught a Quechua workshop. He loves singing, dancing, graphic and audiovisual design.

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!

Jonathan Anthony Geary


Our associate Jonathan Anthony Geary has defended his doctoral dissertation in Linguistics at the University of Arizona. He studied Field Methods in Linguistics with a focus on Quechua at Boston College while also developing a keen interest in morphological processing in Semitic languages, and went on to begin what we know will be a distinguished career working with speakers of Native American languages Piipaash and Sahaptian. He has also begun a new job with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. It is such an honor to count Jon as a member of our language documentation team and benefit from his skills in management and analysis of linguistic corpora.

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 life in Massachusetts, an Algonquian name meaning ‘At the foot of the Great Hills’. The Massachusetts, Scaticook and Mohican Indians have endured violence and disrespect continuously since the arrival of my European…

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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