I am an Assistant Professor of Spanish at University at Albany, SUNY. My primary research interests are two-fold: 1) morphosyntactic variation and language change, and 2) the second language acquisition of said variation. I take a usage-based approach to my research on both first and second languages, with the assumption that the cognitive mechanisms and abilities that are involved in first language acquisition and use are the same as those that are at play for second languages. In all my research, I seek to describe, explain and track changes in patterns of variation in order to approach a better understanding of the role of variation in the acquisition and mental architecture of language.
I also have had a wide range of teaching experiences. I have taught all levels of foreign language courses as well as several upper level undergraduate and graduate linguistics and culture courses, including History of the Spanish Language, Spanish Syntax and Morphology, Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Spanish in the U.S. and Language Variation and Change. As a study abroad instructor, I taught courses on Conversation, Composition, Intro to Hispanic Linguistics and Theater. In all my teaching, I connect the course material to my students' experiences and create opportunities for my students to conduct real linguistic analysis and research in and outside of class. To that end, I am excited to have acquired an Experiential Learning Mini-Grant for my Spring 2019 History of the Spanish Language course so that my students can gain authentic research experience. This grant will fund my students' posters that they will present at a one-day research forum open to the public in April.
University at Albany, SUNY
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY, 12222