I'm a PhD candidate in the bilingualism area at Texas Tech University.
Within applied linguistics, my specialisms are in two interconnected domains: heritage speaker bilingualism and heritage language education. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how humans use language to co-construct and navigate social structures, how language connects with other areas of human experience (e.g., affect, cognition, culture), and in the applications of these lines of work to the development of pedagogical interventions, particularly among situations of ethnolinguistic minority and diaspora. I am coordinator of the Spanish Program for Heritage Speakers at the Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures Department. You can learn more about the program here. As of Spring 2016, I have been coordinator of the Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Lab, also housed at CMLL. Beyond my home department, I am on the editorial board of the international journal "Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts" (John Benjamins), and serve as reviewer for a number of journals. Before coming to Texas Tech, I completed a MA in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London (United Kingdom), and before that, I got a BA/MA degree in English language and linguistics at the University of Granada (Spain). Beyond Texas Tech, I teach workshops, and give academic talks nationally and internationally. You can find updates on my upcoming talks, publications, and presentations on my Twitter account (link under the "contact" tab).