The Team

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

Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
Linguist– Assistant Professor, Haverford College
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen

Brook Danielle Lillehaugen is Assistant Professor of linguistics at Haverford College, with joint appointments at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges. 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 is co-author of Cali Chiu? A Course on Tlacolula Valley Zapotec (Munro, Lillehaugen, and Lopez 2007) and publishes on the grammar of Zapotec in both its modern and colonial forms. In collaboration with other linguists, the Living Tongues Institute, and native Zapotec speakers, she is developing online Talking Dictionaries for Valley Zapotec language varieties. She received a NEH Summer Stipend in 2014 to translate the Zapotec language portions of Cordova's Arte and in August 2015 will begin a project translating a corpus of Colonial Valley Zapotec last wills and testaments supported by fellowships from the ACLS and the NEH.

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 R. Oudijk is an historian/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. From there he became full professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and since 2004 he is a researcher at the Institute of Philological Studies at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (the National Autonomous University of Mexico). He has published seven books and over 40 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 communities 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 Philadelphia, 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

Mike 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 PhD 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, 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.


Advisory Board
Moisés García Guzmán
Board Member
Moisés García Guzmán

I was born in Tlacochahuaya, Oaxaca, Mexico, and am a native speaker of Valley Zapotec. Currently I teach English to high school students at CETIs 124 in Tlacolula. My education from primary school through University was in my home state of Oaxaca. My dad was an immigrant in the U.S. and we reunited in the U.S. after many years of not seeing each other. I lived in California for 14 years, during which I studied to earn my certification to teach English back home. It was during this time that I became a Zapotec activist. I hope to raise awareness on the importance of language preservation as an element of cultural identity in the state of Oaxaca.

Felipe H. Lopez
Board Member
Felipe H. Lopez

Felipe H. Lopez 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. In 1992 he began collaborating with linguists in the documentation of his language and working on language valorization and preservation work. In 1999 he co-authored a trilingual Zapotec-Spanish-English dictionary (Munro & Lopez et al. 1999). He taught Zapotec language classes on at the University of California, San Diego and at UCLA using a textbook for which he is the co-author (Munro et al. 2006). His first Zapotec poems were published in the November 2017 volume of the Latin American Literary Review. 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.


Current Student Research Assistants
May Helena Plumb
(Haverford College ’16): Summer 2013-Present.
May Helena Plumb

May Helena Plumb is a linguistics graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.A. in linguistics from Haverford College in 2016, where she wrote a thesis on conjunction in Colonial Valley Zapotec. As part of Ticha, she has worked on many projects, including the digitization of Zapotec manuscripts and the transcription and XML-encoding of Cordova's Arte

Ian Fisher
(Haverford College ’19): Summer 2016-Present.
Ian Fisher

Ian Fisher is a linguistics and computer science major at Haverford College. He works on the front-end and back-end code for the Ticha website.

Conor Stuart Roe
(Haverford College ’20): Spring 2017-Present.
Conor Stuart Roe

Conor Stuart Roe is also a linguistics and computer science double major at Haverford College. He works with Mike and Ian in Digital Scholarship to build and maintain the Ticha site and has participated as a linguistics student in the research of Colonial Valley Zapotec.