I am an applied linguist specializing in the broad area of bilingualism and multilingualism. The focus of my work is on speakers of heritage/minority/community languages with an emphasis on the US Latinx community. In the broadest sense, 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. My current work is sharply centered on translanguaging as a theoretical domain, and its possibilities for the development of socially, linguistically, and educationally just pedagogies.
I am Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics in the World Languages & Cultures Department in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in applied linguistics, including language teaching methods, writing, bilingualism and multilingualism, and heritage language education. Beyond my home department, I serve as member of the National Committee on Spanish as a Heritage Language (site currently under construction), and I am an editorial board member for two international journals: "Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts" (John Benjamins) and "MODULEMA: a Scientific Journal on Cultural Diversity" (University of Granada Press).
I received a PhD in Hispanic linguistics from Texas Tech University (USA) in Spring 2018. While completing my PhD studies, I was an instructor in the Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures Department, where I also served as coordinator of the Spanish Program for Heritage Speakers. From Spring 2016 to Spring 2018, I was coordinator of the Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Lab. Before Texas Tech, I completed a MA in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London (UK), and before that, a BA/MA degree in English language and linguistics at the University of Granada (Spain). When I'm not on campus, I teach workshops and give academic talks nationally, internationally and online. If you are interested in contacting me feel free to do so over email. You can find updates on my upcoming talks, workshops and presentations on my Twitter account (link under the "contact" tab).