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Allison M Bigelow

Associate Professor
Faculty Coordinator, Maya K'iche' (Duke-UVa-Vanderbilt Consortium)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
PhD, English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2012
MA, English, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007
BA, Spanish, UMD-College Park, 2003
BA, English, UMD-College Park, 2003
AS-SPAN-Methods and Results in Language Documentation using Literary Digital
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
January 01, 2022 – June 30, 2024
AS-SPAN Cultural Touchstones: Mining, Refining, and the Languages of Empire in the Early Americas
Source: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botan
July 01, 2017 – June 30, 2018
KICH 1010: Introduction to Maya K'iche' I
Credits: 3
This class is an introduction to K'iche', a Maya language spoken by about a million people in the western Highlands of Guatemala; it is one of the major indigenous languages in the Americas. This class aims to make students competent in basic conversation and to introduce students to Maya culture. It is offered as part of the UVa-Duke-Vanderbilt consortium for distance learning in less commonly taught languages.
KICH 1020: Introduction to Maya K'iche' II
Credits: 3
This class is the second part of a year-long introductory sequence to K'iche', a Maya language spoken by about a million people in the western Highlands of Guatemala, and one of the major indigenous languages in the Americas. Students will enrich and expand their conversational skills and cultural knowledge from K'iche' 1010. It is offered as part of the UVa-Duke-Vanderbilt consortium for distance learning in less commonly taught languages. The completion of KICH 1010 with a grade of C- or higher.
KICH 2010: Intermediate Maya K'iche' I
Credits: 3
This class is the 3rd level of a 4-part sequence in K'iche', a Maya language spoken by a million people in western Guatemala. Here students will cover more advanced grammar (verb modalities), a broader range of scripts (colonial vs. modern orthography), and conduct research based on the K'iche' Oral History project at UNM. The class is offered as part of the UVa-Duke-Vanderbilt consortium for distance learning in LCTLs. The completion of KICH 1010 and 1020 with a grade of C- or higher.
KICH 2020: Intermediate Maya K'iche' II
Credits: 3
KICH 2020 is the capstone course in a four-part sequence in K'iche', a Maya language spoken by a million people in western Guatemala. Students will build from earlier coursework to write an original essay in the target language, integrating primary and secondary sources like published works and interviews that they conduct. The class is offered as part of the UVa-Duke-Vanderbilt consortium for distance learning in LCTLs. The completion of KICH 1010, 1020 and 2010 with a grade of C- or higher.
SPAN 3420: Survey of Latin American Literature I (Colonial to 1900)
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010 and 3300, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4500: Special Topics Seminar: Literature
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4510: Special Topics Seminar: Literature
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: SPAN 3010, 3300, and 3 credits of 3400-3430, or departmental placement.
SPAN 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Prerequisite: instructor permission.
SPAN 5800: Spanish America: Colonial Period to 1800
Credits: 3
Studies the major texts, authors, and literary trends of Spanish America up to 1800.
SPAN 7559: New Course in Spanish
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Spanish.
SPAN 8995: Guided Research
Credits: 1–3
Readings and/or research in particular fields under the supervision of an instructor.
SPAN 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Interdisciplinary PhD Fellowship in Indigenous Studies

co-coordinator
October 2020-present

Presidential Committee on the George Rogers Clark Statue

co-chair
February 2021-present

Digital Humanities Advisory Council

member
September 2021-present

Search Committee, Associate Professor of Afro Latin Américas

member
September 2021-April 2022

Selection Committee, Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellow

chair
March 2021-May 2021

Fulbright Committee

member
September 2019-present

Modern Language Association CLCS 18th c. Forum

executive board
2018-2023

American Society for Ethnohistory

council member
2021-2023

2021, Best Article in Colonial Latin American Studies by a Senior Scholar (Latin American Studies Association)

2015, Pablo J. Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching/Mentoring of Latinx Students (Multiethnic Student Services, UVA)