Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Judith Maxwell

Louise Rebevva Schawe and Williedell Schawe Memorial Professor - Linguistics and Anthropology

Contact Info

Department Affiliation

  • B.A., Michigan State University, TESOL, 1970
  • M.A., Michigan State University, Linguistics, 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Anthropology and Linguistics, 1982
Academic Experience
  • Louise Rebecca Schawe and Williedell Schawe Memorial Professor 2014-
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1990-2007
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 1995
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala, 1993
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1984-1990

Research & Teaching Specializations: Language/Linguistics, Tunica, Nahuatl (Classical and Modern), Kaqchikel Maya Linguistics and Culture, Bilingual/Intercultural Education, Language Death and Revitalization, Discourse Analysis, Language and Power,Language and Gender

Related Experience
  • Consultant for Ministry of Education, Guatemala, 2003, 2009
  • Consultant to Native Languages Program, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago, 2006
  • Consultant Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín, 2003-
  • Chair, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, 1991-1994, 2004-2007
  • Editor-in-Chief, Linguisitic Atlas of El Salvador, Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador, 1978-1980
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Guatemala, 2009-2010
  • Weiss Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies Grant, “Kaqchikel sacred sites ethnolinguistic study,” 2006
  • Mesoamerican Ethnohistory Fund Grant, “Survey of sacred sites in the Iximche’ area of Guatemala,” 2004, 2005
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Kaqchikel Chronicles Translation Project, 1997-1999
  • Spanish
  • Maya-Kaqchikel
  • Nahuatl
  • Maya-Chuj
  • Maya-Yucatec
  • Maya-O’anjob’al
  • Maya-K’ichee’
  • Maya-Ixil
  • French
  • German
Overseas Experience
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
Selected Publications
  • 2016/2017. El Poder del Arte en el mundo Maya. Ciencias Espaciales: publicación semestral de la Facultad de Ciencias Espanciales (FACES), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. Vol. 9: 2: 195-210. Otoño 2016, published online August 2017. print versión in press.
  • 2016. Kaqchikel and K’iche’ Colonial Documents: historical linguistics and the construction of new ethnohistories. Knowledge Bank: University Libraries: Ohio State University. to be posted in ILCLA/STILLA 2016 Conference Proceedings; site to go live in February 2017.
  • 2016. Chapter 12 Latin America and the Caribbean in Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas. Serafin M. Coronel-Molina and Teresa L. McCarty, eds. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group: Oxford, UK
  • 2015. with Ajpub’ García Ixmata’, Saqijix Candelaria López, Celia Ajú. Manual para la enseñanza de un segundo idioma. Guatemala: Universidad Rafael Landívar Kib’eyal taq ch’ab’äl: Mayan Language Regimes in Guatemala in Special Issue on Ethnographies of Indigenous Language Regimes in the Americas. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Vol. 2017:246:109-133. Netherlands: Walter de Gruyter. digital version: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI:
  • 2015. with Ajpub’ García Ixmata’. Ulïk ri Oxlajuj Ajmaq’: La llegada de las Trece Naciones. Guatemala: Universidad Rafael Landívar
  • 2015. “Change in Literacy and Literature in Highland Guatemala, Precontact to Present” in Ethnohistory 62:3:553-572. 2017

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: ANTH 3400: Language and Culture, ANTH 3680: Language and Power, ANTH 6840: Beginning Kaqchikel Language

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 10

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