Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Judith Maxwell

Professor- Anthropology

Contact Info


  • B.A., Michigan State University, TESOL, 1970
  • M.A., Michigan State University, Linguistics, 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Anthropology and Linguistics, 1982

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1990-2007
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 1995
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala, 1993
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1984-1990

Research & Teaching Specializations: Language/Linguistics; Nahuatl (Classical and Modern); Kaqchikel Maya Linguistics and Culture; Bilingual/Intercultural Education; Discourse Analysis; Language and Power, Language and Gender

Related Experience

  • Consultant for Ministry of Education, Guatemala, 2003, 2009
  • Consultant to Native Languages Program, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago, 2006
  • Consultant Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín, 2003-
  • Chair, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University, 1991-1994
  • Editor-in-Chief, Linguisitic Atlas of El Salvador, Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador, 1978-1980


  • Fulbright Fellowship, Guatemala, 2009-2010
  • Weiss Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies Grant, “Kaqchikel sacred sites ethnolinguistic study,” 2006
  • Mesoamerican Ethnohistory Fund Grant, “Survey of sacred sites in the Iximche’ area of Guatemala,” 2004, 2005
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, Kaqchikel Chronicles Translation Project, 1997-1999

Languages: Spanish; Maya-Kaqchikel; Nahuatl; Maya-Chuj; Maya-Yucatec; Maya-O’anjob’al; Maya-K’ichee’; Maya-Ixil; French; German

Selected Publications

  • 2012. “Memory, remembering and the construction of truth among Maya groups in Highland Guatemala.” In Comparative Studies in Mesoamerican Systems of Remembrance. Amos Megged and Stephanie Wood, eds. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
  • 2006. ¿La ütz awäch? Introduction to Kaqchikel Maya Language. With R. McKenna Brown and Walter E. Little. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • 2006. Tijoni¨k kaqchikel oxlajuj aj = Curso de idioma y cultura maya kaqchikel / Ixq’anil. With Waqi’kan and Walter E. Little. Guatemala: Editorial Junajpu.
  • 2006. Kaqchikel Chronicles: The Definitive Edition. With Robert M. Hill II. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • 2006. ¿La ütz awäch?: Introduction to Kaqchikel Maya Language. With R. McKenna Brown and Walter E. Little. Austin: University of Texas Press.
  • 2004. Maja’il Kaqchikel (Nab’ey): Kaqchikel Autoaprendido. With Gloria Enoe Son Chonay et al. Guatemala: Ministerio de Educacion.
  • 2004. “Ownership of Indigenous Languages: Whose resources are these anyway? A case study from Guatemala.” In Indigenous Intellectual Property Rights: Legal Obstacles and Innovative Solutions. Mary Riley, editor. Oxford: Altamira Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses

  • ANTH-3400-01: Language and Culture
  • ANTH-3680-01: Language and Power
  • ANTH-6840-01: Beginning Kaqchikel Language

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7
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