Marilyn Bierling

Recent activities
Hobbies

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.

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Education

  • 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.

Research and scholarship

Dr. Bebej's current research focuses on the transition from foot-powered to tail-powered swimming in the earliest fossil cetaceans.

Connections between Cuban Refugees and the CRC

Julie Busscher helped Professor Marilyn Bierling continue her work started with Elena Brubaker on her research of the connections between Cuban refugees and the Christian Reformed Church.

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