Judith Maxwell

Louise Rebecca Schawe and Williedell Schawe Memorial Professor

Department of Anthropology
School of Liberal Arts
Stone Center Departments
The Stone Center
People Classification
Tulane Affiliation
Core Faculty
  • Central America
  • North America


Language & Gender; Language and Culture; Beginning, Intermediate, & Advanced Kaqchikel; Kaqchikel Maya Culture; Language Death

Additional Info

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 10


Language/Linguistics, Tunica, Nahuatl (Classical and Modern), Kaqchikel Maya Linguistics and Culture, Bilingual/Intercultural Education, Language Death and Revitalization, Discourse Analysis, Language and Power,Language and Gender


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

Academic Experience

Academic Experience
  • Louise Rebecca Schawe and Williedell Schawe Memorial Professor 2014-
  • 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


  • 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


  • Spanish
  • Maya-Kaqchikel
  • Nahuatl
  • Maya-Chuj
  • Maya-Yucatec
  • Maya-O’anjob’al
  • Maya-K’ichee’
  • Maya-Ixil
  • French
  • German
  • Tunica

Overseas Experience

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Honduras
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic

Selected Publications

  • 2024. with Patricia Anderson. Tunica. Chapter 58. The Languages and Linguistics of Indigenous North America: A Comprehensive Guide, Vol 1:1545-1577. Walter De Gruyter Press: Berlin
  • 2024. with Ixnal Ambrocia Cuma Chávez et al. A Journey through Kaqchikel Maya Time... invited chapter in Geography of Time, Place, Movement and Networks... Stanley Brunn and Donna Gilbreath, eds. New York: Springer
  • 2023. with Kuhpani Yoyani Luhchi Yoroni. Rowinataworu Luhchi Yoroni: Tunica Language Textbook I. Indiana University Press: Bloomington, Indiana.
  • 2023. Kiwujil Kaqchikela’. Editorial Maya’ Wuj: Guatemala
  • 2023. Crónica de los Xajil. Editorial Maya’ Wuj: Guatemala
  • 2022 Invited chapter, With Ixnal Ambrocia Cuma Chávez et al. Q’eqaläj Jiq’ Ojöb ‘Darkest Suffocating Cough (COVID 19) in Guatemala...In COVID-19 and an Emerging World of Ad Hoc Geographies. Stanley Brunn and Donna Gilbreath, eds. New York: Springer
  • 2021. with Ajpub’ García Ixmata’ and Juan Rodrigo Guarchaj. Kemchi’ Wuj pa Oxi’ Ch’ab’äl: Kaqchikel, K’iche’, chuqa’ Tz’utujiil. Arte de los tres idiomas: Kaqchikel, K’iche’, Tz’utujiil. Universidad Rafael Landívar: Guatemala.
  • 2019. Mayan Languages and Guatemala Law: shifting identities and ideologies. in Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Stanley Brunn, Roland Kehrein, and Donna Gilbreath, eds. New York: Springer. and online https://link.springer.com/referencework