Julia Nee

I'm a bilingual research associate at the Exploratorium, and a recent PhD graduate in linguistics from UC Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Indigenous Language Revitalization. I enjoy using participatory research to generate novel insights in a way that empowers diverse stakeholders. I also think it's important to make research results resonate with diverse audiences, whether that's through talks, publications, case studies, workshops, or artistic expression.

My research has focused on in language revitalization and language documentation, which I explore through my work on Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec (zab) and Northern Pomo (pej). In my dissertation, Participatory Action Research in Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec Language Revitalization, I describe and analyze how the process of participatory action research has allowed language activists, learners, and speakers to better understand the factors that promote (and inhibit) language revitalization in Teotitlán, and how these findings might be useful in other language revitalization contexts. Contact me at jnee at berkeley dot edu for more information.