Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Search for people
Photo of Ana Almar-Liante

Ana Almar-Liante

Ph.D. Candidate

aalmar@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Portland State University

Interests: 20th & 21st century Spain, Literature, Cultural studies, Gender and Sexuality, Feminism and Queer theory, Regionalisms and Popular culture

Lucía Aramayo

Ph.D. Candidate

luciaac@gmail.com

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Photo of Richard Ardila

Richard Ardila

Doctoral Student

rardila@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Saint Louis University

Interests: 20th and 21st century Spanish literature, graphic novel, short stories, and cinema

Photo of Irene Arias Quintero

Irene Arias Quintero

Doctoral Student

ia7386@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Spanish as a Foreign Language, University of Salamanca

Interests: Language contact, language variation and change, comparative studies between Spanish from Spain and Latin America, Psycholinguistics, Spanish as a second language, bilingualism, and morphology and syntax

Luis Felipe Avilés González

Doctoral Student / Assistant Instructor

laviles@utexas.edu |
512-471-4271 |
BEN 5.H34A

Education: M.A., The University of Texas, Austin

Interests: Spanish in the U.S. * Language Variation and Change * Sociophonetics * Spanish Heritage Languages * Corpus Linguistics

Photo of Mackenzie Bailey

Mackenzie Bailey

Doctoral Student

mackenziecalif@utexas.edu |
BEN 5.H45B

Education: B.A. Spanish/Portuguese & Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Language for Specific Purposes; Community Service Learning; Second Language Acquisition; Applied Linguistics/Language Pedagogy

Photo of Kelsey Bergeson

Kelsey Bergeson

Doctoral Student

kbergeson@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Middlebury College

Interests: contact linguistics, language variation and change, indigenous languages and bilingualism

Photo of Laura Marina Boria Gonzalez

Laura Marina Boria Gonzalez

Ph.D. Candidate

lauramboria@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: 20th and 21st-century Dominican and Puerto Rican literature and performance art; new materialisms in the arts and culture; body, space and meaning-making; critical studies of race, gender and sexuality

Wilfredo Burgos Matos

Doctoral Student

wjburgosmatos@utexas.edu

Interests: Caribbean music, gender and sexualities, masculinities, ethnography, sound studies, space and identity, voice studies, performance studies.

Photo of Ana Cecilia Calle Poveda

Ana Cecilia Calle Poveda

Ph.D. Candidate

ana.calle@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sound Studies, Popular Music, Mass Media and Culture, Digital Humanities, Visual Culture, Recording History, Contemporary Poetry, African and African Diaspora Studies, Southern Cone Literatures, Andean Literatures

Ricardo Castro Agudelo

Doctoral Student

ricastro@utexas.edu

Interests: Narratives of violence. Narrative non-fiction.

Vitor Cerqueira Dassie

Doctoral Student

vitordassie@utexas.edu

Interests: Brazilian cinema, Media and Culture studies, popular culture, global media

Debbie Cifuentes Ramirez

Ph.D. Candidate

cifuente@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Central American Literature, Migration Narrative, US Latinx Studies, Transgenerational Trauma

Photo of Drew Colcher

Drew Colcher

Doctoral Candidate

dcolcher@utexas.edu

Interests: Applied sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, Spanish in the U.S., language ideologies

Christian Elguera

Ph.D. Candidate

celguera@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Ashley Garcia

Doctoral Student

ashngar@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Georgetown University

Interests: Conflict and Memory ♦ Mexican Literature and Culture ♦ Violence and Border Studies ♦ Gender Studies ♦Oral History and Crónica

Tania García-Piña

Ph.D. Candidate

tlgarcia@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Photo of Víctor Garre León

Víctor Garre León

Doctoral Student

vgarre@utexas.edu |
BEN 5.H38a

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Second Language Acquisition, Intercultural and L2 Pragmatics, Heritage Language Speakers, Applied Linguistics/Language Pedagogy

Christian J Greaser

Ph.D. Candidate

cgrease@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Wyoming

Interests: language attitudes and ideologies, language contact, political discourse, border relations

Photo of Rafael Jimenez-Baralt

Rafael Jimenez-Baralt

Doctoral Student

rjbaralt@gmail.com

Interests: Language Contact, Bilingualism, Syntax (Minimalist Program) Syntactic variation, Ethnolinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language vitality, endangerment, and revitalization.

Min Suk Kim

Ph.D. Candidate

kimminsuk@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Kyung Hee University

Interests: Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies, New Orientalism, East Asian identity change, Popular culture, globalization, cultural exchange, post colonialism

Cassandra Knaff

Ph.D. Candidate

cmarieknaff@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Anna Lawrence

Doctoral Student

aalawrence@utexas.edu

Interests: Sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, bilingualism, languages in contact, language variation and change, and dialectology.

Patrick Lawrence

Ph.D. Candidate

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Photo of Thomas Leslie

Thomas Leslie

Doctoral Student

thomas.leslie@utexas.edu |
BEN 5 Desk 51b

Education: M.A., Temple University

Interests: Language variation and change, Sociophonetics, Pidgins and Creoles, Dialectology, Bi-/Multilingualism

Photo of Arisbel Lopez Andraca

Arisbel Lopez Andraca

Doctoral Student

arisbellopez17@gmail.com

Interests: Studies of the African diaspora, blackness, race and racism, religious processes and segregation in the Caribbean, popular religious practices in public spaces, Cuban religions of African origin, translocal religious families and genealogies, and religious themes in literature and visual arts.

Photo of Sean McPherson

Sean McPherson

Doctoral Student

seanlesliemcpherson@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Tulane University

Interests: Memory, mapping and mourning in urban Brazil; race and identity; cultural history; cemeteries as legible, interactive and porous public spaces

Photo of Amalia Merino

Amalia Merino

Doctoral Student

amalia.merino@utexas.edu

Interests: Psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, second language acquisition, heritage language

Photo of Ryan Morrison

Ryan Morrison

Doctoral Student

ryanbmorrison@utexas.edu

Education: MA., Villanova University

Interests: Interests: African Diaspora in the Americas; Race and Identity in Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil; Counter-narrative and Oral History; Cultural History

Photo of Daniel Nourry

Daniel Nourry

Ph.D. Candidate

denb@utexas.edu

Photo of Gabriela O'Connor

Gabriela O'Connor

Doctoral Student

gabyoconnor@utexas.edu

Interests: Spanish linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingual advantage, computational linguistics, and cognitive science

Photo of Jermani Ojeda-Ludena

Jermani Ojeda-Ludena

Doctoral Student

jermaniojeda@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Interests: Andean cultures, state and community development politics, indigenous politics, indigenous radio and media, indigenous education, Quechua language pedagogy and linguistic revitalization

Photo of Kaitlin Passafiume

Kaitlin Passafiume

Doctoral Student

kapassa@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Auburn University

Interests: 20th & 21st Century Latin American Literature, Latin American revolutionary history, Queer Theory, Sexuality and Gender Identity

Natalie Rangel

Ph.D. Candidate

natalie10@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Texas A&M University

Interests: Sociolinguistics, Language attitudes, Bilingualism, Code-switching, Translation, South Texas/Border Spanish

Ruth Rubio Rodriguez

Ph.D. Candidate

ruthrubiorod@utexas.edu |
5th Floor Cubicle H42B

Interests: Latin American Literature of the 20th and 21st centuries, Diaspora Chilean Literature, Nostalgia in Post-Dictatorship Latin America, Post-nationalist ideology, Gender and Sexuality, and Queer Theory.

Photo of Mariana Sabino-Salazar

Mariana Sabino-Salazar

Ph.D. Candidate

soymariana@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.102

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Romani Studies in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, Mexican and Brazilian Visual Culture, Migration Narratives, Stereotypes and Prejudice, Gender and Nationalism, Modern Mexican Cultural History.

Photo of Jessica Sánchez Flores

Jessica Sánchez Flores

Doctoral Student

jlsanchez@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.100

Education: MA, Stanford University

Interests: Contemporary Mexico, Indigenous theatre and performance, race, gender, sexuality studies

Shelly McCraw Smartt

Ph.D. Candidate

smsmartt@utexas.edu |
512-232-4548

Education: MA, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Interests: Contemporary Peninsular Literature, Historical Novel, Women's and Gender Studies

Photo of Camila Torres Castro

Camila Torres Castro

Ph.D. Candidate

camilatoc@utexas.edu

Interests: Film studies; mass media and popular culture; sound studies; Contemporary Mexico

Photo of Yoel Villahermosa

Yoel Villahermosa

Doctoral Student

yoel@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., West Virginia University

Interests: Videogames, graphic novel, TV and film, music, XXI Spanish Literature and Digital Humanities

Photo of Pilar Villanueva-Martínez

Pilar Villanueva-Martínez

Doctoral Student

mdv769@utexas.edu

Interests: Sound Studies; Women's Movements and Feminism; Colonialism and Decolonizing Methodologies; Oral Histories and Traditions; Studies of Violence; Race, Gender and Sexuality

Photo of Piero Visconte

Piero Visconte

Doctoral Student

visconte.piero@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Università del Salento

Interests: Historical Romance linguistics, Caribbean Spanish dialectology, language variation and change in the Peninsular Spanish, sociophonetics, the interference of the English language on the Caribbean Spanish-speakers, and L3 acquisition in the Spanish Caribbean.

Photo of Haleigh Wallace

Haleigh Wallace

Doctoral Student

haleigh.e.wallace@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Middlebury College

Interests: Sociolinguistics, language and gender, feminism and queer theory, and the role of language in forming community- and also in excluding people from community.


  •   Map
  • Spanish and Portuguese

    The University of Texas at Austin
    BEN 2.116
    150 W. 21st Street, Stop B3700
    Austin, TX 78712-1155
    Advising & Registration: 512-232-4506/512-232-4503; Graduate Coordinator: 512-232-4502