Visiting Assistant Professor

Born in Sucre (Bolivia), María received her BA in Education and Linguistics from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Perú). She has a PhD in Hispanic and Luso Brasilian Literatures and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation was Identity and Harmony in the Ese Eja Oral Tradition.

She teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as upper-division courses such as Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics.

Her research interest focuses on indigenous languages of the Takanan Pano families, spoken in the  Amazon in South America, and their contact with Spanish. Additional research interests include oral tradition, bilingualism and literacy.