In a previous life I was an engineer, but decided to make a life change and pursue my passion for Mexico and the Spanish language, as well as all the many cultures and languages of Mexico. After 25 years of visiting the natal pueblo of my wife, who is a native speaker of Mazahua, I returned to the classroom, initially at California State University, Channel Islands, where I earned a certificate in Spanish-English translation. Then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, I earned an MA in Spanish, and subsequently a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures, completed in 2021 after ten years.
My work is a token of my commitment to indigenous communities in Mexico, their beautiful cultures and languages, and my concern for their welfare. I sincerely hope that in some small way this work promotes more awareness of linguistic rights, helps protect cultures, and improves lives.
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