Asier Barandiaran received his B.A. in Basque philology from the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). In 2002 he was awarded a doctorate by the University of the Basque Country. Since 1995 he has served as Assistant Professor of the Basque Language and Literature at the University of Navarre. Barandiaran has published articles and books on Basque orality, particularly on bertsolaritza, as well as Basque rhetoric in various academic journals, including Fontes Linguae Vasconum, Oralia, and Egan.