Dr. K. David Harrison is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, where he also teaches courses in Anthropology and Cognitive Science. He is the Director of Research and Co-founder of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. He received his doctorate from Yale University in 2000. His dissertation describes the language of Tuvan nomads of South Siberia, where he spent a year in the field living with nomads, learning the language, and absorbing the culture.
He has carried out fieldwork in Russia, Mongolia, the Philippines, India, Bolivia, and Native America.
His recent book is When Languages Die: The Extinction of Human Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge.