Limerick, Nicholas (nl2539)

Nicholas Limerick

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Education

Office Location:

375C GDodge

Office Hours:

Fall 2021 Wednesdays 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. and         7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursdays 5:00 to 6:00 pm

Scholarly Interests

Linguistic and cultural anthropology, anthropology of education, social movements and the state, Indigeneity, multicultural citizenship, multilingualism, language revitalization, urban inequality, Latin America, Ecuador

Educational Background

Ph.D., Anthropology, Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 2015

BA, Anthropology, Emory University

Selected Publications



Limerick, N. (2018). Attaining Multicultural Citizenship Through Indigenous Language Instruction: Successful Kichwa Misfires and the Modeling of Modernist Language Ideologies in Ecuador. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 28(3), 313-331.


Limerick, N. (2018). Kichwa or Quichua? Competing Alphabets, Political Histories, and Complicated Reading in Indigenous Languages. Comparative Education Review, 62(1), 103–124.

*Received the George Bereday Award from the Comparative and International Education Society for the best Comparative Education Review article published in 2018.

*Received the James E. Alatis Prize for Research on Language Planning and Policy in Educational Contexts from The International Research Foundation in 2020.


Limerick, N. (2019). Three Multilingual Dynamics of Indigenous Language Use that Challenge Standardized Linguistic Assessment. Language Assessment Quarterly, 16(4-5), 379-392.


Limerick, N. (2020). Speaking for a State: Standardized Kichwa Greetings and Conundrums of Commensuration in Intercultural Ecuador. Signs and Society, 8(2), 185-219.


Limerick, N. (2020). Indigenous Movements in Ecuador: The Struggle for Teaching Kichwa in Schools. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, XIX(1), 1-6.


Limerick, N. (Early View Online). What’s the Linguistic Variety of Audit Culture? Administering an Indigenous Language Proficiency Exam in Ecuador’s Intercultural Bilingual Education. Anthropology and Education Quarterly.


Limerick, N. & N. Hornberger. (Early View Online). Teachers, Textbooks, and Orthographic Choices in Quechua: Comparing Bilingual Intercultural Education in Peru and Ecuador Across Decades. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education.


En español:


Limerick, N. (2019). ¿Kichwa o quichua? Historia política de alfabetos y aplicación de los procesos de lectura y escritura de las lenguas indígenas en América Latina. In Lenguas en contacto: Desafíos en la diversidad, edited by Marleen Haboud. Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador: Quito.


Limerick, N. (2020). Los movimientos indígenas en Ecuador: La lucha por enseñar Kichwa en las escuelas. ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, XIX(1), 1-6.


Book Reviews:


Limerick, N. (2019). Review of Selling Hope and College, American Anthropologist, 121(3), 782-783.


**You can get PDFs of most published articles from my page.**


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