Researchers and volunteers

Volunteers past and present have helped out on a wide range of ELA projects.

Researchers and volunteers in a range of other capacities have provided crucial assistance in all of ELA’s projects. ELA doesn’t have a formal volunteer program, but occasionally works with volunteers on projects of mutual interest.


Sara Afridi (videography, Voices of the Himalaya)
Shweta Akolkar, a first year PhD candidate in linguistics at UC Berkeley who has led the Bishnupriya Manipuri project from 2019 to the present, collecting texts and leading elicitation sessions with native speaker Uttam Singha towards a descriptive grammar and more complete documentation of the language. (Bishnupriya Manipuri)
Jackeline Alvarez, a member of the New York Mixtec diaspora who has worked closely with ELA on several projects relating to Indigenous health and language. Jackeline worked with ELA to conduct long form interviews on language transmission and access with over 30 Indigenous Mexican and Guatemalan families in East Harlem. She is currently completing her BA in Spanish Literature at Hunter College. (Mixtec, Indigenous health programs)
Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein (Garifuna, development & strategy)
Daniel Barry, a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the CUNY Graduate Center, works on historical linguistics, contact linguistics, and phonetics and phonology. He has taught linguistics and Kurdish and contributed significantly to ELA’s research on Wakhi and Zaza.
Natalia Bermudez (Naso, Garifuna)
Mirella Blum (annotation, multiple projects)
Tierney Brown  (Voices of the Himalaya)
Simona Bua (videography, Sicilian)
Lluvia Camacho-Cervantes (Amuzgo, Purhepecha)
Alex Kwabena Colon, a Garifuna musician and teacher who hails from Punta Gorda, Belize. Alex worked with ELA to transcribe and translate dozens of songs and interviews with the Garifuna community in Belize and New York as part of ELDP sponsored documentation of the endangered arumahani and abeimahani vocal traditions. Alex has also worked as a consultant on ongoing explorations of Garifuna grammar.
Adam Cooper (Amuzgo)
Austin Dean (Seke)
Bien Dobui (Amuzgo, bookkeeping, development)
Tatiana Dubin (film editing, transcription)
Greg Feliu (Neapolitan, Nones, Romansch, Tsou)
Kaela Fong (Ladino)
Jake Freyer (archive)
Nicole Galpern (research, videography)
Christopher Geissler (FLEx corpus building, Gurung, Ikota)
Stephanie Gilardi
Harmony Graziano (Seke)
Emily Gref (storybooks)
Kalvin Hartwig (Ojibwe, Indigenous youth film project)
Jessica Rose Holtz (Quechua)
Emily Long (Ikota)
Kevin Hughes (Garifuna)
Nicole Hughes (social media)
Safiya Husain (Archiving, Mandaic)
Kevin Kwong (Ikota)
James Lovell, a popular Garifuna singer and musician who has been working over the last decade to teach the Garifuna language to children through song and performance. James directed the musical and linguistic arm of the Yugacure program, which brought the Garifuna language back to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the ancestral homeland of the Garifuna people, for the first time since their exile. James continues performing and teaching both in New York, his native Belize, and elsewhere in the Garifuna diaspora. (Garifuna)
Matthew Malone (mapping, census)
Samantha Mia Mateo  (Zaza)
Patrick A. Mather (early mapping)
Timothy Matthes (Zaghawa/Beria, Masalit)
Connor McCabe (Irish)
Timothy McKeon (Irish)
Brennan McManus (Seke)
Ignacio Montoya (Amuzgo, Ikota, East Harlem language exchange)
Edmund O’Neill (IT)
Teresa O’Neill (Garifuna, Zaza, field methods)
Amanda Owensby (Gurung)
Kristin Pak (early mapping)
Siyang Pan (Tsou, Zaza)
Alexis Paz is a P’urhepecha speaker who grew up partly in Ocumicho, in the Mexican state of Michoacan, and partly in York, Pennsylvania, where a number of P’urhepecha people have settled. Alexis has been the primary contributor to ELA’s P’urhepecha project having recorded, transcribed, translated and glossed a large number texts, which can now be found in ELA’s Kratylos corpus. (P’urhepecha)
Sophie Pierson (Garifuna)
Nina Porzucki (early mapping)
Kathryn Rafailov (Juhuri)
Casey Robinson (fundraising)
Danielle Ronkos (Gurung)
Irwin Sánchez, a Nahuatl speaker from La Resurrección, in the Mexican state of Puebla, has been collaborating with ELA since the very beginning. Irwin is an accomplished chef (written up most recently here) who teaches language through food and about food through language. He is a regular presenter at ELA events and is currently working on a book of bilingual poetry in Nahuatl to be published by ELA. (Nahuatl)
Jacqueline Sarro (multiple projects)
Rachel Sprouse (Quechua)
Rebecca Stephen (Zaza, mapping)
Jovan Stojanovich (early mapping)
Robin Stringer (early mapping)
Guy Tabachnik (Shughni)
Nancy Taylor (early mapping)
David Thepaut (early mapping)
Jasmine Torres (Video, Website)
Mark Ulrich (early mapping)
Violeta Vázquez-Maldonado (Nahuatl, Amuzgo)
Nicole Velasco (early mapping)
James Wedgwood (Wakhi)
Zach Wellstood (Gurung)
Christopher Wen (Zaza)
Emily Wilson (early mapping)
Perry Wong, a PhD candidate in linguistics and anthropology at the University of Chicago, worked at ELA in many capacities during 2013-2014, including archiving, training, documentation work, and Indigenous & English literacy classes with our partners in East Harlem.
Lingzi Zhuang (Gurung)