I graduated with  a doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2010. My PhD thesis is a grammar of Asheninka Perene, an Amazonian Arawak language of Peru. The focus of my current postdoctoral work is on the Northern Kampan languages of Arawak.

As a documentary linguist, I have been involved in the collaborative language documentation and language revitalization projects in the native communities of Alto (a.k.a. Asheninka) Perene speakers, Perene District, Chanchamayo Province, and Satipo Ashaninka speakers, Satipo Province, Junin, Peru.

  • indigenous languages, multimodal interaction, syntactic typology, language ecologies, language documentation
  • 2012 to 2017 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns, QLD, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2017 - Visiting Scholar, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Milwaukee, US)
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  • 2015 to 2016 - James Cook University Faculty Grant "Ethnography of communication: Patterns of Asheninka Perene (Arawak) public discourse"
  • 2014 to 2015 - Foundation for Endangered Languages Grant " Asheninka Perene (Arawak): Production of a thematic dictionary"
  • 2014 to 2015 - Jacobs Research Funds Individual Grant "Ethnography of communication: Patterns of Asheninka Perene (Arawak) discourse"
  • 2013 - James Cook University Faculty Grant “A grammar of Ashéninka Perené (Arawak)”
  • 2008 to 2009 - James A. Sappenfield Graduate Fellowship, UW-Milwaukee

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  • A Grammar of Murui, a Witotoan Language of Northwest Amazonia. (2017, PhD , Associate Advisor)

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