2016- (2018) University of Copenhagen, Institute for Crosscultural and Regional Studies, Postdoctoral researcher
2014 – 2016 UCSD, Center for US-Mexican Studies, Visiting Fellow
2010 – 2016 Brown University, Department of Anthropology, PhD student
2010 – 2016 University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Occasional External Lecturer and Examinator
Brown University, Ph.d. in Linguistic Anthropology, 2010 – 2016
Committee: Paja Faudree, Kay Warren, Stephen Houston, Jessaca Leinaweaver, Michael Silverstein.
Dissertation: “Nahuatl Nation: Language, Politics and Indigenous resurgence in 21st Century Mexico”
University of Copenhagen, Native American Languages and Cultures (B.A. 2003, M.A. 2007) Thesis advisor: Una Canger.
Anthropology: Nationalism, indigeneity, semiotics, ethnohistory, language politics and education, race and ethnicity, kinship, subjectivity and politics, space and politics
Linguistics: Language endangerment and revitalization, pragmatics, Historical linguistics, dialectology, language change, Nahuatl, Uto-Aztecan languages, grammaticalization, language and cognition, polysynthesis and syntax, space and grammar
Most publications are accessible through http://ku.academia.edu/MagnusPharao
- Forthcoming. – Aztlan and Mexican Transnationalism: Language, Nation and History, chapter for Changing World Language Map, edited by Stanley Brunn, under contract w. Springer (Coauthor w.Kurly Tlapoyawa)
- 2016. – The Difference Language Makes: The Lifehistory of Nahuatl in Two Mexican Families. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.
- 2016. – Writing Irataba: representing Native Americans on Wikipedia. American Anthropologist.
- 2016. – Teotamachilizti: A sermon from colonial Guatemala in a Nahuan language. Colonial Latin American Review. (Coauthor w. Julia Madajczak)
- 2016. – “Authority and authenticity: The Micro-politics of Revitalization in an Otomí Community.” Chapter in Latin American Contexts of Revitalization, Gabriela Pérez Baéz & Jorge Labrada (eds.). Mouton de Gruyter. First author w. Nestor Hernandez-Green, Rory Turnbull and Ditte Boeg Thomsen.
- 2015 – “Lenguaje del paisaje: Testimonios lingüísticos del otomí de Acazulco”. In Bajo el volcán: Vida y ritualidad en torno al Nevado de Toluca. Silvina Vigliani; Roberto Junco. eds. México: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Coauthor w. Ditte Boeg Thomsen.
- 2014 – “Language and Social History.” Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Coauthor w. Paja Faudree.
- 2011 – Adjectives in Hueyapan Nahuatl: Do they exist? And if they do what kind of adjectives are they? Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics. Volume 32. pp. 8 – 19.
- 2011 – Polysynthesis in Hueyapan Nahuatl: Status of NP’s, word order and other concerns.
Anthropological linguistics. Volume 52. Nos 3-4. pp. 274-300
- 2010 – Nahuatl among Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hueyapan, International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 203:124-137
- 2008 -”Huitzilopochtlis anden genkomst i Hueyapan” [The second coming of Huitzilopochtli in Hueyapan], In: Nielsen, Jesper and Mettelise Fritz Hansen (eds.), De mange veje til Mesoamerika. Hyldestskrift til Una Canger. Copenhagen: Department of Native American Languages and Cultures, Institute for Cross-disciplinary and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
- 2017. Amapoualistle: Lecturas en Nahuatl de Hueyapan, Morelos. Gobierno del Estado de Morelos. Morelos: Mexico [A pedagogical grammar, texts and a vocabulary in Hueyapan Nahuatl, published by the cultural secretariat of the state of Morelos, for use with the Hueyapan language revitalization project]
- 2015 – Review of Shaylih Muehlmann. 2012. Where the River Ends. Social Anthropology 23:107-108
- 2013 – Review of Course, Magnus. 2011. Becoming Mapuche. Social Anthropology. 21:580-581
- 2013 – Review of Sullivan, Patrick. 2011. Belonging Together. Dealing with the Politics of
Disenchantment in Australian Indigenous Policy. Social Anthropology. 21:419-420
- 2012 – Review of Steffen Haurholm-Larsen. Sierra de Zongolica Nawatl: Verbal Constructions – a functional analysis” Linguist List.
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2014 Winner of the Graduate Student Essay Contest of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology with the essay “The Difference language makes: The Life-History of Nahuatl in Two Mexican Families”
- 2016-2018 – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Danish Council of Independent Research
- 2015 – 2016 -NAEd/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
- 2014 – 2015 – Pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for US-Mexican studies at the University of California San Diego.
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
- 2016 – Danish Council of Independent Research, Postdoctoral Grant, $180,000
- 2013 – Jacobs Research Fund, Fieldwork grant, $3000
- 2011 – Research Experience for Graduates grant, NSF. $5000
- 2010 – Henry Shaw’s legat. Scholarship for studies abroad. $5,500.
- 2009 – Per Slomanns legat. Private research grant for studies in comparative
linguistics, administered by the department of linguistics at the University of Copenhagen. $35,000.
- 2003 – Internationalization Stipend. Travel stipend for field studies in Mexico from the University of Copenhagen. $1200.
- In Mexico in Nahuatl and Otomi speaking communities 2003-2016 (ca. 3 years total)
- In Southern California with Nahuatl language activists since 2014
At Brown University
- Survival of the Whitest: Two Centuries of Racism and Evolutionary Theory (2012)
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology. (2012)
- Human Evolution. (2011)
At University of Copenhagen
- Introduction to Mesoamerican Archeology. (2010)
- Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica: From Olmecs to Zapatistas. (2010)
TA experience at Brown University:
- Signs and Symbols: Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology.
- Language and Power.
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
- Human Evolution.
- Kalundborg Area School of Production. Danish for youths with special needs. (2010)
- Ruds Vedby Elementary School. Sixth grade teacher of Danish, History and English. (2008)
CONSULTANCY, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, PUBLIC SERVICE
- Consultant for community language revitalization project in Hueyapan, Morelos. Including the elaboration of Nahuatl language education materials, including grammar lessons, a dictionary and texts. (2013-2014)
- Consultant for community language revitalization project in San Jerónimo Acazulco, Mexico State. Including the elaboration of Otomi language education materials, grammar lessons, a dictionary and texts, self-published and disseminated in the community. (2010-2012)
- Contributor to Wikipedia on topics related to Anthropology: languages and history of indigenous peoples in the Americas, Race, ethnicity, culture, anthropological biographies, and individual languages. (2005-2016)
- Consultant for the Intercultural University of Veracruz, in the development of a Nahuatl-based curriculum for its Native Language MA program (2016-).
- Danish – Native academic competence
- English – Fluent, academic competence (25 years of study and use)
- Spanish – Fluent, academic competence (17 years of study and use)
- Nahuatl – Conversation competence, reading and translation at academic level
(15 years of study and use)
- Otomi – Basic grammar and conversation competence. (5 months of field work.)
- German – Reading competence, basic grammar competence (5 years of
- Greenlandic – Knowledge of grammatical structure, basic
colloquial competence (1 year of intensive study)
- Latin – Basic grammatical knowledge (1 year of study)
Reading and listening skills in Swedish, Norwegian, Portuguese, French
Knowledge of the historical linguistics of the following families:
- Uto-Aztecan (Nahuan, Coracholan)
- Indo-European (Romance, Germanic)
- Oto-Manguean (Oto-Pamean)