Kerry Hull is a Professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He was previously a Professor at Reitaku University, Japan, and a lecturer at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and Hosei University, Japan. He received a Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. His research interests include Mesoamerican epigraphy, Mesoamerican languages, Maya oral traditions and narratives, ceremonialism, and Polynesian linguistics. He most recently is the author of A Dictionary of Ch'orti' Mayan-Spanish-English (2016). He is co-editor of Parallel Worlds: Genre, Discourse, and Poetics in Contemporary, Colonial, and Classic Maya Literature (2012) and co-editor of The Ch’orti’ Maya Area: Past and Present (2009).