Recent activities

Middle Eastern, Spanish, Mayan, and Peruvian archaeology, traveling, camping, hiking, language learning, skiing, swimming, piano, guitar

Spanish-speaking countries visited

All, except Equatorial Guinea, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Paraguay

Additional information

Her husband is a Middle Eastern archaeologist, and her family has participated in excavations in Israel and Jordan. She has seven grandchildren.


  • BA Calvin College 1971
  • MA (Romance Linguistics) University of Michigan 1974
  • PhD (Spanish) Michigan State University 1990

Academic Interests

  • Pronoun usage in Central America
  • Sephardic Spanish
  • Phoenician colonization of Spain
  • Hispanic immigration to the U.S.
  • Cuban refugees in the U.S.