Get to know the instructors, the resident director and advisors that play an important role in our Yucatec Maya Program. Check out additional faculty projects here.

Fidencio Briceño Chel

With his research specialization on Yucatec Maya language and culture, Fidencio Briceño Chel has over twenty years of experience teaching Yucatec Maya. As a native of Mexico, he lives and works in Yucatán Mexico. His dissertation focuses on “Las diferencias de ‘querer’: distinction entre verbo y auxiliar en el maya yucateco” in Tercer Congreso de Estudios Mayas and Na’at le ba’ala paalen: Adivina esta cosa niño (Adivinanzas mayas y yucatecas).

Geronimo Can Tec

Originally from Sucopo, Tizimin, Yucatan, Gerónimo Can Tec is a native Yucatec Maya speaker. Since 1996 he has worked with and for the Mayan people. Can Tec earned a degree in Maya Linguistics and Culture from the Universidad de Oriente (Valladolid, Mexico). He teaches Maya language, culture and linguistics at the Centro Peninsular en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (Merida, Mexico), at the Universidad de Oriente, at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a researcher, coauthor, coadaptador and reviewer of educational materials in Maya at the Instituto de Educación para Adultos del Estado de Yucatán and the UADY.  He also serves as advisor to the UADY Institutional Program of Maya Language. He has developed Maya language assessment tools, translated colloquial, legal, technical and literary texts from Spanish to Maya, transcribed colloquial and specialized texts from Maya to Spanish, and transcribed colonial Yucatec Maya texts.  He joined the Summer Yucatec Maya Institute in 2010.

David Mora Marín

A Mayanist linguist and Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UNC-CH, David Mora Marín’s research specializations include Mayan linguistics and epigraphy, (especially in historical linguistics and the study of ancient Mayan hieroglyphic writing), issues of language and power and civilization studies, and art history and archaeology of ancient Costa Rican societies. He is also Director of the Mesoamerica Cluster Program at UNC-CH. Marín received his PhD from the State University of New York at Albany in 2001, and is the author of various publications, including Reconstruction of the Proto-Ch’olan Demonstrative Pronouns, Deictic Enclitics, and Definite Articles and “A Test and Falsification of the ‘Classic Ch’oli’an’” in International Journal of American Linguistics.

Hannah Palmer, Resident Director

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