Amy Firestone is an Adjunct Instructor of Hispanic Linguistics at George Mason University and an International Relations Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor. Her academic research focuses on bilingualism and identity among indigenous youth in the urban Andes, with a focus on Peru. She has studied advanced levels of several dialects of the Quechua and Aymara languages, which she utilized in her research and publications on bilingualism, language contact, and language policy. At the U.S. Department of Labor she carries out research and writes congressionally mandated reports on child labor and human trafficking found among children and adults in South America. In this work, she partners with foreign governments and other U.S. government agencies in addressing countries’ gaps in laws, social programs, and law enforcement to combat the worst forms of child labor. In addition, Dr. Firestone has also studied Portuguese, French, German, Russian, and Arabic, which she utilizes to conduct additional research on human rights at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Firestone, A. (Forthcoming book). “Combinamos el Quechua”: Lengua e Identidad de los Jóvenes Urbanos en el Perú” (‘We Combine Quechua”: Urban Youth’s Language and Identity in Peru’).
Firestone, A. (2014). “El quechua y la nueva generación urbana de Huamanga, Ayacucho.” (‘Quechua and the new urban generation of Huamanga, Ayacucho’). Boletín Huari (3). Centro de Estudios Históricos Regionales de Ayacucho (Center for Historical Regional Studies of Ayacucho) (CEHRA): Ayacucho, Peru.
Firestone, A. (2005) “¿Compartimos lo nuestro?: un análisis de textos bilingües de gramática (español y aymara) en La Paz, Bolivia (‘Do we share what is ours?: An analysis of bilingual grammar texts (Spanish and Aymara)’ Bolivian Studies Journal, 12.
BA (Hispanic Studies) College of William and Mary
MA (Latin American Studies) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. (Hispanic Linguistics) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign