The daughter of Basque immigrants to California, she is a native Basque speaker with a PhD in Sociology. Apart from her regular duties as a tenured professor at the University of California, Riverside, she has published over a dozen academic articles on Basque culture, language, and identity. Her latest novel, The Hammer of Witches, was recently published by the Center for Basque Studies. It is available online on Amazon and basquebooks.myshopify.com/products/the-hammer-of-witches-a-historical-novel. She has also written, recorded and performed songs in Basque in the United States and abroad with the trio, NOKA: www.chinoka.com. In her spare time, she likes to make rock sculptures.