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Judith Maxwell


  • 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

  • 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

Overseas Experience

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

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, 2004-2007 Editor-in-Chief, Linguisitic Atlas of El Salvador, Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador, 1978-1980

Selected Publications

  • 2016/2017. El Poder del Arte en el mundo Maya. Ciencias Espaciales: publicación semestral de la Facultad de Ciencias Espanciales (FACES), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. Vol. 9: 2: 195-210. Otoño 2016, published online August 2017. print versi
  • 2016. Kaqchikel and K’iche’ Colonial Documents: historical linguistics and the construction of new ethnohistories. Knowledge Bank: University Libraries: Ohio State University. to be posted in ILCLA/STILLA 2016 Conference Proceedings; site to go live in Fe
  • 2016. Chapter 12 Latin America and the Caribbean in Indigenous Language Revitalization in the Americas. Serafin M. Coronel-Molina and Teresa L. McCarty, eds. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group: Oxford, UK
  • 2015. with Ajpub’ García Ixmata’, Saqijix Candelaria López, Celia Ajú. Manual para la enseñanza de un segundo idioma. Guatemala: Universidad Rafael Landívar Kib’eyal taq ch’ab’äl: Mayan Language Regimes in Guatemala in Special Issue on Ethnographies of
  • 2015. with Ajpub’ García Ixmata’. Ulïk ri Oxlajuj Ajmaq’: La llegada de las Trece Naciones. Guatemala: Universidad Rafael Landívar
  • 2015. “Change in Literacy and Literature in Highland Guatemala, Precontact to Present” in Ethnohistory 62:3:553-572. 2017

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses:

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


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Central America, North America