Mary Kate Kelly

Maya at the Lago Presenter

Mary is currently a Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, working toward a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology at Tulane University.

Mary Kate's dissertation, under the direction of Marc Zender, focuses on the linguistics of Maya hieroglyphic writing. Her research studies the linguistic variation present in the inscriptions, in order to gain better insight as to the distribution of different but related linguistic groups among the Maya.

Her interests lie at the crossroads of language, literature, and culture, and extend to historical linguistics and the world’s writing systems.