Dr. Erin Debenport
Curriculum Vita

Educational History:

Ph.D. Linguistics (with distinction). August 2009.  University of Chicago, Department of Linguistics, 1010 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637.  Dissertation: “‘Listen So You Can Live Life the Way it’s Supposed to Be Lived’: Paradoxes of Text, Secrecy, and Language at a New Mexico Pueblo.”  Dissertation advisor: Dr. Michael Silverstein.

M.A. Social Sciences.  December 1999.  University of Chicago, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, 5828 South University Avenue, Pick 301, Chicago, IL 60637.  Thesis: “Form and Content in Substance Abuse Narratives.”  Thesis Advisor: Dr. Amy Dahlstrom.

B.A. Political Science (with honors). May 1995. Lewis and Clark College.  0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR97219.  Honors Thesis: “The Zapatista Uprising in Southern Mexico.”  Thesis Advisor: Dr. Paula Franklin Lytle.

Employment History:

Assistant Professor, Linguistic Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Anthropology. June 2016-Present.

Assistant Professor, Ethnology, University of New Mexico Department of Anthropology. August 2010-May 2016.

Co-instructor, Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Methods Workshop on Indian Gaming, March 2014.  UNLV Center for Gaming Research, Las Vegas, NV.

Co-instructor, Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Summer Institute, July 2013.  The Newberry Library, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian Studies, Chicago, IL.

Summer Fellow.  June 2010-August 2010.  School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture. 2009-2010. Los Angeles, CA

Scholarly Achievements:

Research Funding: Principal Investigator

Project: “Complicating Borders: Producing (In)visibility in Pueblo El Paso.”  Snead Wertheim Endowed Lectureship, UNM Departments of History and Anthropology, April 2014.

Project: “History and Anthropology in El Paso/Juarez.”  UNM Latin American and Iberian Studies Institute.  Title IV Research and Course Development Grant, February 2014.

Project: “Literacy, Perfectibility, and Temporality: Reconciling Pueblo Imagined Pasts and Futures.” PI: Erin Debenport.  Christopher Smeall Fellowship in Anthropological Linguistics, School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico. June 2010 – August 2010.

Project: “Indigenous Literacies: Historical and Emergent Writing Practices in the American Southwest.” PI: Erin Debenport.  Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowship.  September 2009- May 2010.

Project: “‘Listen So You Can Live Life the Way it’s Supposed to Be Lived’: Paradoxes of Text, Secrecy, and Language at a New Mexico Pueblo.”  PI: Erin Debenport.  American Association of University Women, American Dissertation Fellowship. September 2008 – May 2009.

Project: “‘Listen So You Can Live Life the Way it’s Supposed to Be Lived’: Paradoxes of Text, Secrecy, and Language at a New Mexico Pueblo.”  PI: Erin Debenport.  University of Chicago, Division of the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship.  September 2008 – May 2009.

Project: “‘Listen So You Can Live Life the Way it’s Supposed to Be Lived’: Paradoxes of Text, Secrecy, and Language at a New Mexico Pueblo.”  PI: Michael Silverstein. National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics. January 2007- December 2008.

Project: “‘Listen So You Can Live Life the Way it’s Supposed to Be Lived’: Paradoxes of Text, Secrecy, and Language at a New Mexico Pueblo.”  PI: Erin Debenport.  University of Chicago, Division of the Humanities Dissertation Research Travel Grant.  January 2007.

Project: “Community Language Documentation at _______ Pueblo.”  PI: Erin Debenport. Endangered Languages Fund. June 2006 – August 2006. 

Project: “Documenting _______ at _______ Pueblo, New Mexico.”  PI: Erin Debenport.  National Science Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities Documenting Indigenous Languages Fellowship (DEL).  September 2005 – August 2006.

Project: U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Summer Fellowship (FLAS); Language of Study: Yucatec Maya. PI: Erin Debenport.  U.S. Department of Education.  June 2002 – August 2002.

Project: U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS); Language of Study: Yucatec Maya.  PI: Erin Debenport.  U.S. Department of Education.  September 2001 – May 2002. 

Research Funding: Project Consultant

Project: “Improving Native American Elder Access to and Use of Health Care through Effective Health System Navigation.” PI: Dr. Cathleen Wilging. National Institutes of Health. July 2015-December 2020.

Project: “Early Childhood Southern Tiwa Language Curriculum. PI: Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur. Administration for Native Americans. July 2015-July 2017.

Project: “Ysleta del Sur Tiwa Dictionary.”  PI: Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. July 2015-July 2017.

Publications:

Book

Debenport, Erin.  2015.  Fixing the Books: Secrecy, Literacy, and Perfectibility in Indigenous New Mexico. Santa Fe: School for Advanced Research Press.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Debenport, Erin.  2012.  “Continuous Perfectibility: Pueblo Propriety and the Consequences of Literacy.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 22(3): 201-219.

Debenport, Erin.  2011.  “As the Rez Turns: Anomalies Within and Beyond the Boundaries of a Pueblo Community.”  American Indian Culture and Research Journal 35(2): 87- 109.

Debenport, Erin. 2010.  “Comparative Accounts of Linguistic Fieldwork as Ethical Exercises.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 206: 227–244.

Debenport, Erin. 2010.  “The Potential Complexity of ‘Universal Ownership’: Cultural Property, Textual Circulation, and Linguistic Fieldwork.”  Language & Communication 30(3): 204-210.

Chapter in Edited Volume

Debenport, Erin. 2016 (expected).  “Perfecting Publics: Future Audiences and the Aesthetics of Refinement.” Future Indigenous Publics, Current Linguistic Anthropological Engagements, edited by Paul V. Kroskrity, Barbra A. Meek, and M. Eleanor Nevins, Routledge.

Uncirculated Community Linguistic Materials

Debenport, Erin and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Language Program. 2016 (expected). Tiwa Community Dictionary.

Debenport, Erin and _______ Pueblo Language Program. 2007. Southern Tiwa/English Dictionary.

Debenport, Erin and _______ Pueblo Language Program.  2005. Adult Language Curriculum.

Co-Edited Volume

Andronis, Mary and Erin Debenport, Anne Pycha and Keiko Yoshimura.  eds. 2002.  CLS 38: Papers From the 38th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Volumes 1 and 2. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society. CLS/Meta Press, 1010 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637. Volume 1: 638 pages; Volume 2: 399 pages.

Other Writings

Debenport, Erin.  2015.  “Book Review: The Brotherhood of Freemason Sisters: Gender, Secrecy, and Fraternity in Italian Masonic Lodges, by Lilith Mahmud.” Novo Religio: Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions.

Debenport, Erin. 2012.  “Book Review: Becoming Indian: The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century.” Circe Sturm. Journal of Anthropological Research 69(4).

Debenport, Erin. 2012. “Book Review: We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community, by Barbra A. Meek.” Tucson: The University of Arizona Press. Journal of Anthropological Research 68(2).

Debenport, Erin. 2011. “Book Review: Native American Language Ideologies: Beliefs, Practices, and Struggles in Indian Country.” Paul V. Kroskrity and Margaret C. Field, eds. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2009. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 21(1):150-152.

Debenport, Erin and Pamela Innes.  2010.  “Editors Introduction.” Special issue, Language and Communication: Ethical Dimensions of Language Documentation, 30(3): 159-161.

Talks and Presentations:

Invited or Refereed Talks and/or Presentations at Professional Meetings and Workshops

"Pueblo (In)visibilities Language, Secrecy, and Publicity in the Southwest U.S."  NYU Department of Anthropology, 2016.

"Pueblo (In)visibilities Language, Secrecy, and Publicity in the Southwest U.S."  AT Hansen Indigenous Speakers Series, Miami University, Ohio, 2016.

Department of Anthropology, 2016.

"Pueblo (In)visibilities Language, Secrecy, and Publicity in the Southwest U.S."  UCLA Department of Anthropology, 2016.

“Sovereignty is as Sovereignty Does: Precarity, Sovereignty, and Language in Indigenous El Paso.” 114th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO. 2015.

“Fixing the Books: Secrecy, Literacy, and Perfectibility in Indigenous New Mexico.”  School for Advanced Research Summer Lecture Series, 2015.

 “Fixing the Books: Secrecy, Literacy, and Perfectibility in Indigenous New Mexico.”  Southern Methodist University in Taos Summer Lecture Series, 2014.

“Pueblo Avoidance, Knowledge Production, and Ethnographic Writing.” American Ethnological Society Meeting, Boston, MA, 2014.

“‘Listen so you can live life the way it’s supposed to be lived’: Pueblo Literacy, Secrecy, and Perfectibility.”  Reed College Department of Anthropology, Portland, OR. 2014.

 “Perfecting Publics: Pueblo Literacy and the Aesthetics of Refinement.” 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, IL. 2013.

“Ethics, Privacy, and Emerging Practices of Circulation.”  NSF-funded Workshop on Privacy and Geospatial Technologies, Albuquerque, NM. 2013.

“‘Listen so you can live life the way it’s supposed to be lived’: Pueblo Literacy, Secrecy, and Perfectibility.”  Southwest Seminar Lecture Series, Santa Fe, NM. 2013.

“Visibility and (Sub)urban Pueblo Spaces.” 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA. 2012.

“Visibility and (Sub)urban Indian Spaces.” 2012 Pueblo Indian Studies Symposium, Albuquerque, NM.

“Multiculturalism and Native Empowerment: Mythmaking and New Mexico Language Policy.” 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Montreal, CA. 2011.

“Indigenous Experiences in the Americas.”  Invited Panel, Department of Anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY. 2011.

“’Listen so you can live life the way it’s supposed to be lived’”: Paradoxes of text, secrecy, and language at a New Mexico Pueblo.” Center for Language, Interaction, and Culture. University of California, Los Angeles. 2010.

“Semiotic Ideologies of Mediation: Exchange and Indirectness in Indian Country.” 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA. 2010.

Panel Discussant: “Language Play.” 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA. 2010.

“Tense/Aspect Use in Pedagogical ‘Dialogues.’”  Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.  2010.

“As the Rez Turns: Anomalies Within and Beyond the Boundaries of a Pueblo Community.” 108th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, PA.  2009.

“Intellectual Property Rights and Emergent Literacy: Innovations and Implications for Communities and Scholars.”  First Annual Meeting of the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, Honolulu, HI. 2009.

“Private Notice: Negotiating Secrecy in the Public Uses of Pueblo Languages.”  107th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA. 2008.

“Setting an Example: “Person, Authority and Audience: Pronoun Usage in Southern Tiwa Dictionary Example Sentences.” University of Arizona Department of Anthropology, Tucson, AZ. 2007.

“Setting an Example: “Person, Authority and Audience: Pronoun Usage in Dictionary Example Sentences.” The Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Chicago, IL. 2007.

“Shifting Access and Negotiating Secrecy: Dictionary Example Sentences as an Emergent Written Genre.”  106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., 2007.

Contributed (unrefereed) Abstracts and/or Oral Presentations at Professional Meetings

“‘Listen So You Can Live Life the Way it’s Supposed to Be Lived’: Secrecy, Circumlocution, and Dictionary Creation at a New Mexico Pueblo,” Symposium About Language and Society, Austin (SALSA), University of Texas, Austin, 2006.

“Language Ideologies as Discursive Resources for Community Legitimation.” Michicagoan: Sixth Annual Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology. University of Chicago and University of Michigan Departments of Anthropology, Chicago, IL. May 7-8, 2004.

“Indigenizing Language: Linguistic Purism and Emergent Language Ideologies in Pueblo Language Revitalization Programs,” Symposium About Language and Society, Austin (SALSA), University of Texas, Austin. 2004.

Professional Recognition and Honors:

Nominee, Outstanding University of New Mexico Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2015.

Summer Fellow, The Newberry Library, D’arcy McNickle Center for American Indian Studies, Chicago, IL. 2013.

Nominee, UNM New Faculty Teaching Award, 2010-2011.  University of New Mexico. 

Earl S. and Esther Johnson Prize for Outstanding M.A. Thesis in the Social Sciences, 1998-1999, University of Chicago Masters of Arts Program in the Social Sciences.

Courses Taught:

Complicated Borders. Anth 340/540. University of New Mexico.

Pro Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology.  Anth 510.  University of New Mexico

Competing Narratives: Native American Studies.  The Newberry Library NCAIS Summer Institute Seminar (co-taught with Dr. Scott Stevens).

Proposal Writing.  Anth 530. University of New Mexico.

Indigeneity.  Anth 340/540.  University of New Mexico.

Language and Culture.  Anth 310.  University of New Mexico.

Secrecy, Privacy, and Publicity.  Anth 540.  University of New Mexico.

Principles of Cultural Anthropology.  Anth 330.  University of New Mexico.

The Anthropology of the Southwest.  Anth 530.  University of New Mexico.

The Sound and Structure of Sandia Tiwa, Sandia Pueblo Library.

Modern Spoken Yucatec Maya, Languages in Linguistics 479, University of Chicago. Composition II: Ethnographic Writing, English 115, Columbia College Chicago.

Introduction to Spanish, Span. 130.  Columbia College Chicago.

Service:

Departmental

2015.  Member, Ethnology Faculty Search Committee

2015 - Present.  Member, Admissions Committee.

2011 - 2014.  Ethnology Representative, Undergraduate Committee.

2011.  Member, Archaeology Faculty Search Committee.

2011 - Present.  Member, Anthropology Colloquium Committee.

University

2012 – 2014. UNM Faculty Liaison to the Newberry Library Consortium on American Indian Studies.

2011 – Present. Anthropology Representative, UNM Interdisciplinary Committee for Latin American Studies.

2011.  Graduate student fellow application reviewer, Newberry Library Consortium, “Uncovering Early American Indian Literary History.”

2011.  Board Member, UNM Women Studies Executive Board.

Disciplinary

2016. Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2015. Manuscript reviewer, Language and Communication.

2015. Manuscript reviewer, The Journal of Religion.

2014.  Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2014.  Fellowship application reviewer.  School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.

2014.  Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Anthropological Research.

2013.  Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2012.  Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Folklore Research.

2011.  Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Anthropological Research.

2011.  Reviewer.  Fellowship applications.  School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.

2011.  Manuscript reviewer, Language & Communication.

2010.  Project reviewer, National Science Foundation, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics.

2010.  Outside reviewer, UCLA Dept. of Anthropology, Tenure and Promotions Committee.

2010.  Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2009.  Manuscript reviewer, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

2007.  Co-organizer, Panel: “Genre and ‘Justice.’” 106th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

2005.  Co-Founder and Coordinator, Qualitative Research Methods Workshop, University of Chicago.

2002.  Co-organizer, 38th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society.

2002.  Co-organizer, Panel: “Indigenous Languages of the Americas: Standardization & Multilingualism,” 38th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago, IL.

Community

2011 – Present.  Consultant and Curricula Developer.  Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Language Program.

2011 – 2012.  Consultant and Curricula Developer.  Pojoaque Pueblo Language Program.

2004 – Present.  Consultant.  Nambe Pueblo Language Program.

2003 – Present.  Consultant and Curricula Developer.  _______ Pueblo Language Program.

2003 – 2004.  Tutor, _______ Pueblo After School Program.

2003 – 2004. Consultant, Jicarilla Apache Dictionary project.