I have a Ph.D. in Spanish from Temple University. My dissertation was entitled “Identity, Discursive Positioning, and Investment in Mixed-Group Spanish Langage Classes: A case study of five heritage speakers.” This research falls within the social phenomena associated with Spanish language learning. Specifically, it focuses on Spanish-English bilinguals in the U.S., also referred to as heritage speakers, heritage learners, or heritage language students, and the pedagogical approaches to teaching both heritage speakers and second language learners together in the same class. I am interested in how heritage speakers’ motivation and investment in the target language can be impacted by target language practices that focus predominantly on the needs of second language learners. My research also delves into how heritage speakers negotiate their identities as bilinguals during social interaction with their peers, the teacher, and within curricula that are tailored for L2 learners.
At Temple, I teach Spanish language courses, language labs, and Gen Ed classes in both face-to-face and online settings. I was a writing tutor for English and Spanish at the Student Success Center from 2016-2019. I served as co-chair of an interdisciplinary graduate student-run organization, the Graduate Students of Language at Temple (GSOLT) for three terms. In this role, I organized an annual language, linguistics, and literature conference, hosted events for professional development, and invited guest speakers to present their scholarly research.