The Team


An interdisciplinary team brings their diverse skill set to an archival corpus

Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
Linguist, Associate Professor at Haverford College
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen

Brook Danielle Lillehaugen is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Haverford College. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 and has been working on colonial and modern Valley Zapotec since 1999. She publishes on the grammar of Zapotec in both its modern and colonial forms, including publications in Language Documentation and Conservation, International Journal of American Linguistics, and Tlalocan. In collaboration with Zapotec speakers, other linguists, and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, she is developing online Talking Dictionaries for several Valley Zapotec language varieties. Her work has been supported by the NSF, NEH, and the ACLS. She was awarded the 2018 Ernest A. Lynton Faculty Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.

George Aaron Broadwell
Linguist, Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida
George Aaron Broadwell

George Aaron Broadwell is Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology at University of Florida. His research focuses on the documentation of Native American languages, particularly in the southeastern United States and Oaxaca, Mexico. He has worked with Zapotec languages since 1989, with research on three modern varieties (Santa Ana del Valle, San Dionisio Ocotepec, and Macuiltianguis) as well as Colonial Valley Zapotec materials. He is the author of numerous publications on Zapotec and also author/editor of A Choctaw Reference Grammar; The origin of the sun and moon: A Copala Triqui legend; and Nana naguan' rihaan nij sii chihaan': Words of counsel for the Triqui people.

Michel R. Oudijk
Ethnohistorian, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Michel R. Oudijk

Michel Oudijk is an historian and philologist whose main interest is Zapotec historiography and its relationship to present day communities. Since 1992 he has worked in three of the four main Zapotec regions and is renowned for his analysis of pictographic and alphabetic documents alike, relating historical information to present day landscapes and oral tradition. His work on the indigenous participation in the "Spanish" conquest of Mexico has opened up a whole new field of study called the New Conquest History. In 2000 he received his Ph.D. at Leiden University, after which he worked for a year in the National Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain. Since 2004 he has been a researcher at the Institute of Philological Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (the National Autonomous University of Mexico). He has published 11 books and over 50 articles and chapters in journals and volumes all over the world, and is a well-known speaker at international academic meetings and in local indigenous community events.

Laurie Allen
Assistant Director of Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Laurie Allen

Laurie Allen is the Director for Digital Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. She and her colleagues collaborate on new forms of scholarship to support campus-wide open access publishing, data curation & management, digital humanities, and mapping and geospatial data efforts. A native Philadelphian, she also serves as Research Director for Monument Lab, a public art and civic research project in Philadelphia. In late 2016, Allen and colleagues in the Penn Libraries helped start Data Refuge by teaming up with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities in an effort to help protect copies of federal environmental and climate data. Before joining the Penn Libraries, Laurie was the Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Research at Haverford College. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Bard College, and a Master's of Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Mike Zarafonetis
Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services at Magill Library, Haverford College
Mike Zarafonetis

Michael Zarafonetis is Coordinator for Digital Scholarship and Services for Haverford College Libraries. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. in History from Auburn University. He designed and developed web exhibits at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware before coming to Haverford. Since 2011, Mike has supported faculty, staff, and students in the planning, design, and development of digital scholarship projects. These projects incorporate techniques like GIS mapping, data visualization, machine learning, and text encoding and analysis. In addition to course support and exhibit design, Mike has developed curriculum for the Digital Scholarship Fellows program at Haverford, and teaches in the Museum Studies graduate program at the University of Delaware.

May Helena Plumb
PhD candidate in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin
May Helena Plumb

May Helena Plumb is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. A collaborator on the Ticha Project since 2013, May received her B.A. in Linguistics from Haverford College in 2016 with her thesis on conjunction in Colonial Valley Zapotec. Her graduate research focuses on the expression of temporal-modal semantics in Tlacochahuaya Zapotec, the same variety Cordova was immersed in as he wrote his Arte en lengua zapoteca. May is a NSF Graduate Research Program Fellow and a Harrington Graduate Fellow, and her research has been published in the International Journal of American Linguistics.

Alejandra Dubcovsky
Historian, University of California, Riverside
Alejandra Dubcovsky

Alejandra Dubcovsky is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Riverside. She received her BA and PhD from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State. Her first book, Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South (HUP 2016), won the 2016 Michael V. R. Thomason Book Award from the Gulf South Historical Association. Her work has been featured in Ethnohistory, Early America Studies, The Journal of Southern History, Native South, and the William and Mary Quarterly, among others. She has served in the editorial boards of the journals of Ethnohistory (2015-2018), NAISA (2017-2020), and Native South (2016-2021). Her work has focused on centering Native voices and sources.

Gustavo García
PhD student in Chicana/o Studies, University of New Mexico
Gustavo García

Gustavo García was born and raised in West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. His family migrated from the Central Valley of Oaxaca from the Zapotec pueblo San Baltazar Chichicapam in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He started his journey in higher education at Santa Monica Community College where he received an AA in Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Science. After four years of full-time school and work, he transferred to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to continue his passions in Chicanx Studies and American Indian Studies. In the Spring of 2019, he received his MA at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in the department of American Studies and joined the inaugural graduate cohort of Chicana/o Studies. As a PhD student, his research interests engage with the intersections of Chicanx and Indigenous Studies to explore Indigenous Mexican migrations, contemporary colonial conditions, and decolonial Indigenous movements.


Advisory Board
Dr. Xóchitl Flores-Marcial
Board Member
Xóchitl Flores-Marcial

Xóchitl Flores-Marcial is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University, Northridge. Her book project, A History of Guelaguetza in Zapotec Communities of the Central Valleys of Oaxaca, traces the evolution of Guelaguetza as a Mesoamerican social network of collaboration and exchange from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Her scholarly projects are centered on Zapotec History, Zapotec Diaspora in the US, Mesoamerican Societies, Oaxacan Indigenous Languages, Urban Indigenous Peoples, Digital Humanities, and Ethnic Studies. Flores-Marcial was the principal consultant for production and development of the internationally acclaimed Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA (2017-2018). She is a member of the transnational Zapotec community of Oaxacalifornia.

Moisés García Guzmán
Board Member
Moisés García Guzmán

Moisés García Guzmán was born in Tlacochahuaya, Oaxaca, Mexico, and is a native speaker of Valley Zapotec. He serves as the Secretary of Culture in Tlacochahuaya and teaches English to high school students at CETIs #124 in Tlacolula. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1999 from The Technological Institute of Oaxaca (Mexico), after which he moved to California, where he received his TOEFL certification. It was during this time that he became a Zapotec language activist. He works to raise awareness of the importance of language preservation as an element of cultural identity in the state of Oaxaca. He has a digital language campaign on Twitter (@bnzunni) and recently co-produced the multilingual documentary web series Dizhsa NabaniLiving Language (https://www.youtube.com/DizhsaNabani).

Dr. Felipe H. Lopez
Board Member
Felipe H. Lopez

Felipe H. Lopez is Postdoctoral Scholar in Community Engaged Digital Scholarship at the Haverford College Libraries. He is originally from the Zapotec town of San Lucas Quiaviní, Oaxaca. At the age of 16 he migrated to Los Angeles, California, speaking no English and little Spanish. By 2007 he had earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in urban planning, with research focusing on Mexican indigenous issues on both sides of the border. He is co-author of a trilingual Zapotec-Spanish-English dictionary (Munro & Lopez et al. 1999) and has taught Zapotec language classes at UCLA and UCSD using a textbook which he also co-authored (Munro et al. 2008). His Zapotec poetry can be found in the Latin American Literary Review, The Acentos Review, and Latin American Literature Today. His Zapotec short story Liaza chaa ‘I am going home’ was awarded the 2017 Premios CaSa prize, an annual competition for the creation of literature in Zapotec, and was published in Latin American Literature Today.


Current Student Research Assistants
Emily Wei
(St. Andrew's School '23): Fall 2021–Present
Emily Wei

Emily Wei is a junior at St. Andrew's School DE. She is interested in Latin American studies and the preservation of Indigenous cultures. She is working on transcriptions and translations for the Ticha Project.

Marcos Padrón-Curet
(Haverford College ’23): Spring 2021–Present
Marcos Padrón-Curet

Marcos Padrón-Curet (San Juan, 2001) is a Romance Languages student at Haverford College. Besides being passionate about literature and writing, he enjoys and has studied theater, cinematography, music, and painting. He speaks English, Spanish, and French, and is currently a professor's assistant for French at Bryn Mawr College, and has been a professor's assistant for Spanish at Haverford College. Currently, he translates between English and Spanish for the Ticha Project. 

Shoshana Promer
(Lower Merion High School '22): Summer 2021–Present
Shoshana Promer

Shoshana Promer is a rising senior at Lower Merion High School. She has an interest in the preservation of endangered languages, and is working on completing the answer key for Caseidyneën Saën.

Will Harris-Braun
(Haverford College ’22): Summer 2021–Present
Will Harris-Braun

Will Harris-Braun is a Linguistics and Computer Science major at Haverford college. He's helping with web design and development for the Ticha site, as well as working on tools to make encoding easier. Will is interested in learning from the team's organization structure, and thinking about how computers can help humans collaborate better.

Caroline Gihlstorf
(Haverford College ’23): Summer 2021–Present
Caroline Gihlstorf

Caroline Gihlstorf is a rising junior at Haverford majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. She will be working on encoding names and documents, transcribing texts, and helping write linguistic analyses. Caroline is most excited to learn from others and from her work for the Ticha Project.

Kimberly Aguero
(Haverford College ‘22): Summer 2020–Present
Kimberly Aguero
  • Interested in the preservation of indigenous languages and culture
  • Supported translation of documents and resources available on Ticha
Eloise Kadlecek
(Bryn Mawr College ’22): Spring 2019–Present
Eloise Kadlecek

Eloise Kadlecek is majoring in Linguistics. An interest in language preservation and indigenous languages piqued her interest in joining the Ticha team. She has been part of the Ticha team since May 2019.


Former Student Research Assistants
Nina Beriss
Nina Beriss
(Reed College ’23): Summer 2021
  • Created Teaching Guides for Caseidyneën Saën chapters
Filip Kesicki
Filip Kesicki
(Haverford College ’23): Summer 2020
  • Supported archives
  • Aided in translation of Ticha resources
Ian Davis
Ian Davis
(Haverford College ’22): Summer 2020
  • Promoted Ticha's use by educators
Collin Kawan-Hemler
Collin Kawan-Hemler
(Haverford College ’22): Spring 2020–Spring 2021
  • Developed pedagogical materials
  • Encoded modernized Spanish versions of colonial-era texts
Tomas Paris
Tomas Paris
(Haverford College ’21): 2019–2020
  • Contributed to web-design of the Ticha site
Felipe Acosta-Muñoz
Felipe Acosta-Muñoz
(University of Florida ’15): Fall 2019–2020
  • Worked on transcribing texts
Emily Lin
Emily Lin
(Haverford College ’20): Summer 2018–Spring 2020
  • Contributed to Ticha's front-end and back-end code
Conor Stuart Roe
Conor Stuart Roe
(Haverford College ’20): Spring 2017–Spring 2020
  • Helped build and maintain the Ticha site
  • Also participated as a linguistics student in the research of Colonial Valley Zapotec
Jaime Metzger
Jaime Metzger
(Haverford College ’19): Summer 2018–Spring 2019
  • Increased Ticha's functionality and accessibility
  • Used Ticha's resources to analyze the language contact effects of Colonial Valley Zapotec on Oaxacan Spanish for her thesis
Ian Fisher
Ian Fisher
(Haverford College ’19): Summer 2016–Spring 2019
  • Worked on the front-end and back-end code for the Ticha website

Other Volunteers and Transcribers
  • Carolina
  • Ana Laura Arrieta Zamudio
  • Jay Avila
  • Jessica B
  • Suerta Benga
  • Claire Bowern
  • Joshua Burton
  • Jasmin Cabrera
  • Jose Castillo
  • Daisy Chaidez
  • Bradley Davis
  • Destinee E
  • Paulino Estevez-Ancira
  • Juan Manuel Flores Gonzalez
  • Marcella Galarza
  • Geovanny Guzman
  • Carol Hemmingway
  • Eloise Kadlecek
  • Seth Katenkamp
  • Mario de Jesús León Cuevas
  • Jose Daniel Lopez
  • Mark Marinez
  • Shayley Martin
  • Maura-Epifanía Matus-Ortega
  • Michael Millan
  • Leslie Montes
  • Lauren Rebecca Moody
  • Gerardo Munoz
  • Mariana Ponce
  • Annalea Rix
  • Yolanda Rodriguez landeros
  • James Smith
  • Iraiz Tadeo
  • Carly Tozian
  • Allison Williams