John H. McDowell
Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
John McDowell, graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Texas, acquired a lasting affection for the Andes when studying Cochabamba Quechua with Bernardo Vallejo in Austin back in the 1970s. This involvement with the language was extended through tours of ethnographic research at the other end of Quechuan geography, among the Ingas of Colombia’s Sibundoy Valley, with support from a Fulbright Fellowship and other sources. In Colombia he made contact and common cause with Professor Francisco Tandioy, Inga teacher and cultural activist, and initiated a research collaboration that has endured for more than a quarter of a century now. Products of these labors include “Sayings of the Ancestors: The Spiritual Life of the Sibundoy Indians” (1989) and “So Wise Were Our Elders: Mythic Narratives of the Kamsá” (1994), both published by the University Press of Kentucky, as well as several articles in social science journals. Current research is with the Quichua Runa around Otavalo, Ecuador, with an emphasis on the folklorization of indigenous tradition.

Jason McGraw
MLCP Faculty Coordinator
Assistant Professor of History and American Studies
The questions I ask in my research are informed by my study of the Atlantic World and the imbricated processes of slavery, emancipation, colonialism and capitalism that produced it. My current project examines black workers of the Caribbean coast of Colombia from the abolition of slavery in the 1850s to the rise of the trade union movement in the 1920s. Central to this story is the development of citizenship as a contested process, in which rarified elite ideas of constitutionality often came into conflict with working-class notions of popular participation. I look at three main realms for the development of citizenship: local politics, labor struggles, and popular religion. The goals of my project are to contribute to the largely unwritten history of Afro-Colombians after slavery; to examine the postemancipation process from the perspective of a society without a plantation economy; and finally to reveal how black workers were at the center of Colombian modernity. My future research projects take me in two very different directions. One study illuminates the longue durée of resistance to the Colombian and Venezuelan nation-states by the Wayúu people, the largest indigenous group in both countries. My other project looks at Jamaican popular music as the product of a tension between, on the one hand, a rising cultural nationalism after Jamaica’s independence and, on the other hand, an increasingly transnational culture created by working-class migration to postwar Britain.
Daniel F. Suslak
MLCP Languages Coordinator
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Daniel F. Suslak is trained as a linguistic anthropologist, and received a joint Ph.D. in Linguistics and Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2005. Since 1991 he has been conducting fieldwork in Southern Mexico on several different Mixe-Zoquean languages and the communities in which they continue to be spoken. His research focuses on grammatical change and changing patterns of language use and how they both form part of larger social changes. He has been studying how language serves as a medium through which people talk about the impact of economic development and globalization on their lives and how it becomes valued as a symbolic resource that social actors struggle to control and pass on to future generations. An associate professor in the Anthropology Department, he teaches courses on linguistic anthropology, youth and adolescence, Mesoamerican languages and cultures. Currently he is collaborating on a community video documentation project in Totontepec, Mixe, Oaxaca.
Serafín M. Coronel-Molina
Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
Serafín M. Coronel-Molina is an educational linguist and a sociolinguist. He is a native speaker of Huanca Quechua, the variety of Quechua spoken in the central highlands of Peru. He also speaks Ayacucho and Cuzco Quechua, and Spanish with native fluency. He received his B.A. in Translation (English, French and Cuzco Quechua) from the Ricardo Palma University in Peru; he obtained his M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the Ohio State University, and his Ph. D. in Educational Linguistics/Sociolinguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Founder and President of the Association for Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (ATLILLA), and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Working Papers in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (WPLCLE) [Indiana University Bloomington]. His research on Andean sociolinguistics, endangered languages, transnationalism and literacy practices among immigrant women, bilingual education in Latin America, indigeneity and autoethnography, Indigenous language revitalization and technology, policies and politics of language, language ideologies and language contact phenomena has been published in a number of book chapters by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Multilingual Matters, Wiley-Blackwell, Nova Science Publishers, and in several journals such as the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Lingua, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Amerindia, and Droit et Cultures: Revue International Interdisciplinaire. He was a Guest Co-editor for the Special Issue on Language Contact and Universal Grammar in the Andes (2011, Lingua). He has also co-edited a book titled Lenguas e identidades en los Andes: perspectivas ideológicas y culturales (2005, Abya-Yala). He is the author of the Quechua Phrasebook (2008, 3rd Edition, Lonely Planet). He is currently working on a book, Language Policy and Planning, and Language Ideologies in Peru (Multilingual Matters), and co-editing another, Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas (Routledge).

Michael Gasser
Associate Professor of Computer
Science and Cognitive Science
Michael Gasser is a computational linguist and cognitive scientist. After 10 years of language teaching, he received his PhD in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and came to Indiana University, where for the next 15 years he developed computational models of human language acquisition. Five years ago, he became convinced that research in computational linguistics could benefit the “disadvantaged” languages of the Global South, and his work now focuses on building practical systems that process such languages and can be applied to tasks such as translation, language teaching, information retrieval, and language revitalization. Within Latin America, he concentrates on several indigenous languages, and he has written programs that analyze and generate words in Quechua, Guarani, and K’iche’. He is in the early stages of a project in Paraguay involving collaboration between machine translation software and sixth graders in the translation of science-related documents from Spanish into Guarani. He is also active in the social forum movement, having co-organized workshops on scholar activism and linguistic rights at social forums in Brazil, Guatemala, and the United States.

Jeffrey Gould
Rudy Professor of History
Jeffrey L. Gould is the James H. Rudy Professor of History at Indiana University. From 1995-2008, he was Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His most recent book is To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920-32 (with Aldo Lauria), Duke University Press, 2008. Previously he published To Lead as Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua, 1912-1979 UNC Press, 1990; El Mito de Nicaragua Mestiza y la Resistencia Indígena Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 1997; and To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indian Communities and the Myth of Mestizaje, 1880-1965 Duke University Press, 1998. He is co-author of The Twentieth Century: A Retrospective (Westview 2002) He is also co editor of Memorias de Mestizaje: la política cultural en América Central desde 1900. The latter book derived from an NEH collaborative project that he co directed with Charles Hale and Darío Euraque. Gould co-directed and co-produced “Scars of Memory: El Salvador, 1932.” (Icarus, 2003), a 53-minute documentary film (Award of Merit, LASA). In 2002, he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship.
Shane Greene
Associate Professor of Anthropology
and International Studies
Shane Greene finished his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2004. His research interests lie at the intersection of urban subcultures, ethnicity, environment, and the politics of culture in the Latin American context. While he has conducted research in multiple different contexts and on diverse topics, there exists an underlying interest in movements for social justice and political transformation. This work is driven by a long-standing interest in social theory.  Past work focused on indigenous and Afro-descendent movements in Peru.  Currently, he is working on a project about the history of the punk movement in Lima during Peru’s period of political violence in the 1980s

Hilary Kahn
Associate Director, Center
for the Study of Global Change
Director, PhD Minor in Global Studies
Adjunct Asst. Professor of Anthropology
Hilary E. Kahn, a cultural anthropologist and Associate Director for the Indiana University Center for the Study of Global Change, has been conducting research and establishing educational programs in Latin America and the Caribbean since 1990. Her areas of interest and expertise include visual anthropology, indigenous image-making, transnational identity formation, intimate spaces of globalization, international education, and intercultural teaching and learning. She has taught numerous courses on topics such as anthropological theory, ethnographic methods, visual anthropology, intercultural communication, the anthropology of religion, and the cultures of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. By using videoconferencing technology to link with classrooms overseas, she has taught students in Macedonia, Indonesia, and Russia. She currently directs an international service learning program in a small fishing village in Bluefields, Jamaica. Her book Seeing and Being Seen: The Q’eqchi’ Maya of Guatemala and Beyond (University of Texas Press, 2006) explores how politics of sight define identities and perceptions among the Q’eqchi’ Maya of Livingston, Guatemala as well as have implications in the broader ethnographic endeavor.

Stacie King
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Stacie King is an archaeologist in the Anthropology Department at Indiana University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley in 2003, after completing a dissertation on everyday social and economic activities in an Early Postclassic (A.D. 975-1220) Mexico village in southern Oaxaca, Mexico. Deeply interested in the long-term histories of various peoples in ancient Oaxaca, Stacie’s work explores the relationship between food sharing and household membership, mortuary practices and burial beneath house floors, networks of trade and communication, the production of cotton cloth, multi-ethnic landscapes, soundscapes and the senses, and reuse and social memory. Her current project is focused on the Chatino, Mixe, and Zapotec region of Nejapa in southeastern Oaxaca. For at least 3,500 years, Nejapa has been a primary stopover on the trade route connecting highland Oaxaca to the Isthmus. Stacie is developing a long-term archaeological project with community members in Nejapa and Tavela that examines how the economies, politics, and social identities of people living along trade routes were (or were not) intertwined with those in urban areas, and explores the ways that residents negotiated their place in this shifting, multi-ethnic, sometimes violent, landscape. She is also developing educational materials and recording interviews with elder residents about Nejapa history and the power and meaning of archaeology to people today.

Javier F. León
Assistant Professor of Folklore
and Ethnomusicology
Javier F. León is an ethnomusicologist originally from Lima, Peru. He received B.A. in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and M.M. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor León taught at the Newcomb Department of Music and The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and joined Indiana University in 2007. His research has focused on contemporary Afroperuvian music making, criollo popular music and nationalism in the early and mid-twentieth century Lima, and the politics of academic research. Since 1995 he has worked with prominent Peruvian artists such as Manuel Acosta Ojeda, Gabriel Alegría, Roberto Arguedas, Oscar Avilés, Eva Ayllón, Susana Baca, Félix Casaverde, Novalima, Peru Negro, Teatro del Milenio, and Abelardo Vásquez. He is currently conducting research on how neoliberal socioeconomic reforms are affecting Afroperuvian musical production and its ability to remain a symbol of Black identity.

Anya Peterson Royce
Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology
and Comparative Literature
Anya Peterson Royce received a BA with Distinction from Stanford (1968) in Anthropology and Honors in Humanities, a MA (1971) and a Ph.D. (1974) in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley. She joined the faculty of Indiana University in 1973. Royce’s research has centered on three areas: the anthropology of dance and performing arts, cultural and ethnic identity, and the ethnography of Mexico, with particular focus on the Isthmus Zapotec. The overarching theme of her work with the Zapotec has been on persistence and change. Her first book, Prestigio y afiliación en una comunidad urbana: Juchitán, Oaxaca, was published in 1975, and again in 1991. Her subsequent publications, in both Spanish and English, examine such themes as household incomes, music, dance, and fiesta as means of community building, the role of Zapotec intellectuals and artists, embodied aesthetics, healing and illness, and Isthmus Zapotec poetry. Her latest book, Becoming an Ancestor: The Isthmus Zapotec Way of Death (SUNY Press 2011) examines the domain of death as a point of entry into fundamental values and practices that have sustained the Isthmus Zapotec throughout a long history marked by self-determination. Homenaje a Hebert Rasgado, completed in 2008, is a 22 minute film about one musician and composer.  Her most recent field research examines Isthmus Zapotec pilgrimage ancient and modern in terms of transformations gained from going from settled communities into the wild.  Royce’s other books on dance, performing arts, and ethnic identity have been informed by her work with the Isthmus Zapotec. Her research has been supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Delmas Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council

Micol Seigel
Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and American Studies
Micol Seigel (Ph. D. NYU American Studies) is Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her work on cultural politics, transnational method, and race in the Americas, particularly the U.S. and Brazil, can be found in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Radical History Review, the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, the Revista Brasileira de História, the Black Music Research Journal and in her forthcoming book, Uneven Encounters: Making Race and Nation in Brazil and the United States, to be published by Duke University Press in February 2009. Micol’s current research tracks connections among prison systems in the Americas. She can be reached at mseigel@indiana.edu. Seemore.

Stephen Selka
Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and American Studies
Stephen Selka is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in the intersection of religion, race and politics in Brazil and the Americas. My primary research focuses on the intersection of religion and racial mobilization in Bahia, Brazil, where I have been conducing ethnographic fieldwork since 1999. My recently published book, Religion and the Politics of Ethnic Identity in Brazil, explores the variety of ways that people of descent involved with different religious groups construct their identities as Afro-Brazilians and participate in struggles against racism.

Language Instructors

David Tezil
Haitian Creole Instructor
David Tezil currently teaches Haitian Creole courses at Indiana University. Born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, David spent the last five years working with the Haitian community living in South Florida where he had lived for seven years. He had also contributed to the implementation of bilingual and multicultural learning materials for Haitian speaking students and adult literacy programs. David was also an interpreter and language facilitator for the Department of Multicultural of Palm Beach School District in Florida, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in linguistics at Indiana University.
Quetzil Castañeda
Maya Language
Dr. Quetzil Castañedais a professor of anthropology. Currently he is a Lecturer in CLACS (fall 2011–present) and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology. He previously taught in History (spring 2009) and Latino Studies Program (spring 2006) at IU. He has been teaching Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Maya language at IU since 2008. Castañeda specializes in the anthropology of tourism, heritage studies, tourism, anthropology of art, identity politics, language revitalization and politics, ethics, visual ethnography, history of anthropology, theory, and representation.Castañeda has also taught at Princeton, University of Hawai’i, University of Houston, and the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mexico. He is the founding director of OSEA – the Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, which is an independent, non-degree school that offers study abroad, writing workshops, research methods, and consulting services http://www.osea-cite.org . His publications include an award winning ethnographic film, Incidents of Travel in Chichén Itzá (DER 1997), and an ethnography of archaeological tourism, In the Museum of Maya Culture (Univ. Minnesota Press 1996). His is co-editor of Estrategias Identitarias (SEP & OSEA, 2004) and of Ethnographic Archaeologies (AltaMira Press, 2008).

Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy
Inga Instructor
Francisco Tandioy Jansasoy teaches Inga at Indiana University. Francisco has come to IU from the Sibundoy Valley in highland Putumayo, Colombia. A native speaker of Inga and an Inga community activist, Francisco co-founded Musu Runakuna, a political action group that works closely with Inga elders to promote Inga language, cultural expression, and land rights. Having received a Masters degree in Linguistics as well as Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Indiana University, Francisco is now enrolled as a PhD student in the department of Folklore.

Graduate Assistant

Headshot 2013Diana Velazquez
Graduate Assistant2013-2014
Diana is a first year Masters student at CLACS. She completed a BA in English with a minor in Latin American Studies at the University of San Diego in May 2013 and is proud to be a McNair Scholar. During her undergraduate years she tutored at a middle school and worked closely with a Mixtec student. It was this experience which has fueled her desire to understand and address the obstacles indigenous students face within the education system. At IU she would like to further explore this topic by learning about indigenous students’ experience within the education system in Mexico and the United States.