Pilar Valenzuela received a B.A. in Hispanic Linguistics & Literature and a Diploma in Anthropology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, as well as a Master's and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Oregon. Her doctoral dissertation, Transitivity in Shipibo-Konibo Grammar, received the "Mary R. Haas Book Award" granted by the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.
Dr. Valenzuela's publications comprise three books and various articles, especially on Panoan and Kawapanan languages; topics include synchronic & historical syntax, ethnobiological taxonomy, verb borrowing, and the bilingual testimony of an indigenous Amazonian woman. She has also worked as researcher, instructor and consultant in language development and intercultural bilingual education among the indigenous peoples of Peru and Bolivia. Professor Valenzuela has been awarded the prestigious Wang-Fradkin Professorship for Scholarly Excellence (2006-2008) as well as a National Science Foundation grant to document the languages of the Kawapanan family in Peruvian Amazonia (DEL BCS-0853285).
in 2012 Dr. Valenzuela received the first “Global Engagement” research award, granted by Chapman University Research and Sponsored Programs Administration.
Courses Taught at Chapman:
As part of the SPAN 396 course (Fall 2010), taught by Dr. Pilar Valenzuela, Associate Professor of Department of Languages, students worked on Spanish and English versions and learned about linguistic diversity, differences in worldview and culture, and habitat. They also improved their knowledge of Spanish, which included learning vocabulary from the Spanish dialect spoken in the Peruvian Amazon.