Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Sergio Romero

Assistant ProfessorPh.D. Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Fellow of Peter T. Flawn Centennial Assistant Professorship in Spanish Language and Literature, LLILAS and Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Sergio Romero


  • Phone: 512.232.4525; 512.232.2420
  • Office: BEN 4.104; SRH 1.323
  • Office Hours: T 11:30-12:30 PM, W 2:00-3:00 PM, TH 11:00 - 12:00 PM


Language variation and change; linguistic anthropology; Christian registers in indigenous languages; Mayan languages; Nahuatl; Quechua


LAL 385K • Intensive Nahuatl II

39543 • Spring 2016
Meets MT 930am-1100am SRH 1.319

Intensive cultural and literacy-focused training in an indigenous language at the beginning level in preparation for research.

LAS 328 • K'Ichee' Peoples: Cul/His/Lang

39644 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm SRH 1.313

This course is an introduction to the life and language of the K’ichee’ Maya, an ethnically diverse people speaking related varieties of the same language in the western highlands of Guatemala.

LAS 392S • Lang/Christnty In Col Lat Amer

40669 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm MEZ 1.204
(also listed as SPN 383M)


This seminar will explore the cultural and linguistic implications of the encounter between Native American and Catholic religious traditions after the European conquest. Focusing especially on Mesoamerica and the Andes, we will examine the development of the Spanish missionary project, the dilemmas of translating Christian theology and ritual, the rise of pastoral registers in indigenous languages, the notion of syncretism and its problems, the development of Native American Christianity in the Colonial period and the rise of indigenous ‘folk Catholicism’. Special attention will be given to the Nahua of Central Mexico, the Maya of Yucatan and Highland Guatemala and the Quechua of Southern Peru and Bolivia. We will do extensive readings of indigenous primary sources, and detailed analysis of key texts. Participants will be required to have a reading knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese. Knowledge of Nahuatl, a Mayan language or Quechua would be desirable. 


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