Advisor: Cathy Stafford
I’m originally from Southern California, so I’ve been enjoying the variety of seasons here in the Midwest (yes, even Winter isn’t that bad)! The excellent food and coffee shops are part of Madison’s charm as well! I attended California State University, San Bernardino for my B.A. (English Linguistics) and M.A. (Applied Linguistics/TESL). I presently teach ESL here at UW-Madison, but I also have experience teaching language learners of many different levels and cultural/linguistic backgrounds, both in the U.S. at ASU and abroad in Perú.
Regarding research, I’m generally interested in target language use in contexts/practices beyond the walls of the language classroom, focusing on such issues as community membership and identity. In the past, this has involved investigations of how English-Spanish bilingual medical providers interact with Spanish-monolingual patients.
More recently, I’ve been investigating the language narratives of third-generation Mexican-Americans, as they construct their experiences growing up in a bilingual family and using—or not using—Spanish. This research project resulted in my receiving the AAAL 2014 Graduate Student Award and in a 2016 publication in the Heritage Language Journal, “Linguistic Insecurity and Lack of Entitlement to Spanish among Third-generation Mexican-Americans in Narrative Accounts.”