I am a linguist and PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. My current research investigates the expression of temporal-modal semantics in the Zapotec languages of Oaxaca, Mexico, with a particular focus on Tlacochahuaya Zapotec. My broader interests extend to digital humanities and the preservation of language data. I am committed to ethical, community-engaged research that extends beyond the academy.
Many nations have stewarded this land across generations; we should take time to honor their cultures, their histories, and their present experiences. I would like to acknowledge that live on Indigenous land. I would like to pay my respects to the Carrizo & Comecrudo, Coahuiltecan, Caddo, Tonkawa, Comanche, Lipan Apache, Alabama-Coushatta, Kickapoo, Tigua Pueblo, and all the American Indian and Indigenous Peoples and communities who have been or have become a part of these lands and territories in Texas, here on Turtle Island. I would further like to pay my respects to the Abenaki people, on whose lands I grew up.
Linguists have frequently worked to serve colonialist goals, extracting knowledge and profit from Indigenous cultures. I seek to repair this harm by repatriating knowledge and practicing community-engaged scholarship.
The study of linguistics has historically been used to alternately maintain and deconstruct inequity. I am committed to building an academic community that is free of bias, discrimination, and harassment — a community where all voices are heard and all people may thrive. I aim to engage in a continuous, iterative process of reflection, evaluation, and action, and to do the work of undoing injustice in academia and society in general.
In particular, I affirm that Black lives matter, and I am committed to my role in dismantling white supremacy.