I am an applied linguist doing transdisciplinary research in the field of bilingualism and multilingualism. My research has appeared and is forthcoming in venues such as Foreign Language Annals, The Handbook of Research in Heritage Language Education (Springer), El Español como Lengua de Herencia (Routledge), Classroom Discourse, Language Teaching in the Linguistic Landscape (Springer). I am co-guest editor of the special issue "Translingual and Multilingual Pedagogies" (with Tarja Nikula, University of Javaskyla) which appeared in December 2018 in the EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages. You may visit the 'Research' tab to download PDFs of my published works.
I am Assistant Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics in the World Languages & Cultures Department - Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, where I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in applied language and linguistics, including language teaching methods, writing for heritage/native speakers, bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics. I am currently developing the minor in Spanish for heritage speakers, which will be gradually rolled out in 2019 nd 2020. Beyond my home department but still on campus, I am associate director of the Spanish Resource Center in Indianapolis (Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional del Gobierno de España), and I am the founder and convener of IUPUI's Applied Linguistics Network, an interest/research group of applied linguists working in different topics who engage in collaborative work, discussion, and dissemination of findings produced at Indiana University-Purdue University--Indianapolis. In Spring 2019, I founded SHLED-In (Spanish Heritage Language Education Day - Indianapolis), an annual workshop series open to language teachers and instructors at all levels seeking professional development opportunities in heritage language teaching and learning.
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 also serve as reviewer for a number of national and international journals, books series, and professional meetings, including the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, the Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), The Handbook of Spanish Language Teaching (Routledge), the International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.
I received my PhD in Hispanic linguistics (with concentrations in bilingualism, heritage language education, and second language acquisition) from Texas Tech University (USA) in Spring 2018. While completing my PhD studies, I was an instructor in the Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures Department. During those years I assisted in the creation and development of the Spanish Program for Heritage Speakers, which I coordinated under the directorship of Diego Pascual y Cabo (now at the University of Florida). Also at Texas Tech, 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).
I'm always happy to talk to anybody interested in bi-/multilingualism and language education. If you'd like to chat about research collaborations or you'd like to study bi-/multilingualism with me in Indianapolis, I'd love to hear from you. You may email me at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
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 at [email@example.com]. You can find updates on my upcoming talks, workshops and presentations on my Twitter account (link under the "contact" tab).