Martha Macri


Position Title
Professor Emerita


Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK

Professor Emerita in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and a Research Professor in Linguistics.

Macri is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. As the first Yocha Dehe Endowed Chair in California Indian Studies, 2007–2013, she worked extensively on language revitalization with both Davis students and Native California communities. For many years she directed the J. P. Harrington Database Project, funded by NSF.

She began the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project as a graduate student in linguistics at UC Berkeley in the mid 1980s, and has worked on it continuously since then. The database is now online, directed by Prof. Matthew Looper at Cal State Chico:

Macri's most recent research reports can be found at She is currently editing a monograph of her work on the Isthmian script.

She has 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Current Research Interests: Mesoamerican scripts, especially Maya and Isthmian; Cherokee language