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About the Field Station

The field station is based in the area of Sololá, beside Lake Atitlán in the western highlands of Guatemala, close to communities speaking several Mayan languages and close to our partner NGO Wuqu' Kawoq and to the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala - Altiplano Campus.


Maria (Masha) Polinsky


Pedro Mateo Pedro

Executive Director

Omer Preminger

Associate Director

Postdocs and graduate students working on field station projects include Chris Baron, Emma Bierings (Leiden), Ted Levin, Paulina Lyskawa, Gesoel Mendes and Rodrigo Ranero - all of whom participated in the 2016 summer field school and developed research projects on Kaqchikel and Tzutujil. Check out their blog here!

Recent graduate and PULSAR student Neomi Rao was the first student to visit the field station site and pilot the summer field school in 2015, and post-bac research assistant Nancy Clarke is currently working with Masha Polinsky.



Wuqu’ Kawoq / Maya Health Alliance is an NGO providing healthcare in indigenous languages, working to transform the health of Mayan communities. Wuqu’ Kawoq has offered language classes and health-related research opportunities for a number of years, and is collaborating with UMD on our Summer Field School.

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala: Altiplano Campus (UVGA) is our local partner university in Sololá, Guatemala. Our collaboration with UVGA offers the opportunity for joint research and education projects, and faculty and student exchanges.  Pedro Mateo Pedro, executive director of the field station, is a faculty member at UVGA as well as with UMD.