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Judith Storniolo

Judith Storniolo, PhD

Teaching Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Office: 3201 Arch Street, Suite 340, 381B
Phone: 215.895.2186
Fax: 215.895.1333


  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Research Interests:

  • Continuity and change in traditional cultures
  • Mesoamerican languages and culture
  • Applied anthropology and public policy
  • Archaeology and prehistory
  • Language attrition and death
  • Imperialism and contact phenomena
  • Tonogenesis and supra-segmental phonemes
  • Oral traditions and narratives
  • Ideology and ritual
  • Mesoamerican ethnohistory and Pre-Columbian literature.


Judith Storniolo is a historical and comparative linguist and anthropologist. She has done field work among the Maya in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala since 1985. Her research interests include continuity and change in traditional cultures, Mesoamerican languages and culture; applied anthropology and public policy; language attrition and death; imperialism and contact phenomena; myth; Mayan hieroglyphics, culture and conflict; oral traditions and narratives; ideology and ritual; Mesoamerican ethnohistory; and Pre-Columbian literature. She has been a Chimicles Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, a Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks of Harvard, and the Senior Researcher for the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project