John Woodruff is a contract linguist, irregular adjunct professor, and Alt-Ac colonialist scholar. He holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages, an M.A. in Spanish/​Latin-American Studies, and a distinctive B.A.U.H. in Spanish/​Mathematics.

As a contract linguist, Dr. Woodruff offers expert simultaneous and consecutive oral interpretation as well as document translation for medicine, civil law, business, and non-profit. As a Latin-American colonial expert, Dr. Woodruff is available for guest lectures on Maya civilization, discovery/​exploration of the Americas (1492–1524), and colonial Spanish-America (1542–1800).

Dr. Woodruff is one of the world’s foremost experts—and one of only two colonialists—on the periconquest Maya narrative known as Popol Vuh. His interdisciplinary analysis draws upon critical theory of paratext, marginalia, and rhetoric to understand its oldest-surviving seventeenth-century manuscript. He is the only scholar to apply marginalia theory to Popol Vuh and his post-doctoral research focused on marginal annotations and modal shifts which collectively expose an unacknowledged authorial entity within the manuscript’s first folio. Dr. Woodruff’s foundational research advanced a rigorous forensic provenancing of the manuscript which subsequently received grant funding for radiocarbon and trace analysis of its archival detritus. Other areas of academic interest and study include poets and dramatists of the Generation of 1927, Cuban missile crisis, and comtemporary gender policy.

In addition to his lines of academic inquiry, Dr. Woodruff has considerable technical expertise having created various workflow utilities, most notably FormMail++.

Short CV

The University of Alabama
Romance Languages
The University of Alabama
Spanish/Latin-American Studies
University of Montevallo