The Team


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

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

Dr. 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 et al. 2008) and publishes on the grammar of Zapotec in both its modern and colonial forms, including publications in Language Documentation and Conservation (Lillehaugen 2016), International Journal of American Linguistics (Foreman & Lillehaugen 2018), and Tlalocan (Munro et al. 2017, 2018). In collaboration with other linguists, the Living Tongues Institute, and native Zapotec speakers, she is developing online Talking Dictionaries for Valley Zapotec language varieties (e.g. Lillehaugen et al. 2016, 2018). She is interested in considering how academics can be effective allies to language activists and utilized utilizes technology and digital humanities tools in both my grammatical and applied interests (e.g. Lillehaugen 2019). Her work has been supported by the NSF, NEH, and ACLS and 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 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
Dr. Xóchitl Flores-Marcial
Board Member
Xóchitl Flores-Marcial

Dr. Xóchitl Flores-Marcial is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State University Northridge. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. Her book project, “The Zapotec of Oaxaca: A History of Guelaguetza, Community and Tradition in the Central Valley,” traces the evolution of the Zapotec cultural practice of Guelaguetza as a Mesoamerican sharing system of collaboration and exchange from the pre-Columbian period through 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. Her most recent project in collaboration with the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is their project for the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibit titled “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in LA” at the Los Angeles Central Library ran through the Summer of 2018.

Moisés García Guzmán
Board Member
Moisés García Guzmán

Moisés García Guzmán was born in San Jerónimo 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 activist. He works to raise awareness on the importance of language preservation as an element of cultural identity in the state of Oaxaca. He has a digital language activist campaign on Twitter (@bnzunni) and recently co-produced the documentary web series Dizhsa Nabani – Living Language  (https://www.youtube.com/DizhsaNabani).

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

Dr. 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. 2008). His Zapotec poetry can be found in the Latin American Literary Review (Lopez & Lillehaugen 2017), The Acentos Review (Lopez & Lillehaugen 2018), and Latin American Literature Today (Lopez 2018a). 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 (Lopez 2018b). He is currently working on a book of Zapotec poetry.


Current Student Research Assistants
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.

Emily Lin
(Haverford College ’20): Summer 2018-Present.
Emily Lin

Emily Lin is a linguistics and computer science double major working on Ticha's front-end and back-end code. She is particularly interested in using technology to increase accessibility and cultural interaction.

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.

Jaime Metzger
(Haverford College ’19): Summer 2018-Present.
Jaime Metzger

Jaime Metzger is a linguistics and Spanish major at Haverford College. Thanks to the Sara T. Slocum 1998 and Joshua Slocum Digital Scholarship Fund, she is working with Mike and Emily to increase Ticha’s functionality and accessibility. For her thesis research project, she uses Ticha’s resources to analyze the language contact effects of Colonial Valley Zapotec on Oaxacan Spanish.

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