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Ana Almar-Liante

Assistant Instructor

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

Assistant Instructor

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

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Richard Ardila

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Saint Louis University

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

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Irene Arias Quintero

Graduate student

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

Alicia Assini

Assistant Instructor

Luis F. Avilés González

Assistant Instructor |
BEN 5.H34A

Education: M.A. Spanish, California State University, Fullerton

Interests: Mexican Spanish in contact with Indigenous Languages, Language Variation and Change, Morphophonology and Morphosyntax, language attitudes, bilingualism, immigration, Revitalization and documentation.

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Kelsey Bergeson

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Middlebury College

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

Laura Marina Boria Gonzalez

Assistant Instructor

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

Mentoring Fellow

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

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Kaitlin Burns

Graduate student

Education: MA, Auburn University

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

Vera Burrows

Assistant Instructor

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Ana Cecilia Calle Poveda

PhD Candidate

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

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Salvatore Callesano

Teaching Assistant |
BEN 4.102

Interests: language in U.S. Latin@ communities, sociolinguistics, language perception/attitudes, social psychology of language, language contact, bilingualism and immigration

Jose Ignacio Carvajal Regidor

PhD Candidate

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Ricardo Castro Agudelo

Assistant Instructor

Interests: Narratives of violence. Narrative non-fiction.

Vitor Cerqueira Dassie

Graduate student

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

Debbie Cifuentes Ramirez

Assistant Instructor

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

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

Aris Clemons

Graduate student

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Drew Colcher

Graduate student

Interests: Spanish in the U.S., language ideologies, language practices/policies, applied linguistics, and interactional sociolinguistics

Christian Elguera

Assistant Instructor

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Ashley Garcia

Graduate student

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

Teaching Assistant

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Christian J Greaser

PhD Candidate

Education: MA, University of Wyoming

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

Rafael Jimenez-Baralt

Assistant Instructor

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

Min Suk Kim

Assistant Instructor

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

Assistant Instructor

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Anna Lawrence

Graduate student

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

Patrick Lawrence

Assistant Instructor

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

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Thomas Leslie

Assistant Instructor |
BEN 5 Desk 51b

Education: M.A., Temple University

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

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Arisbel Lopez Andraca

Graduate student

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.

Andreana Marchi

Assistant Instructor

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Sean McPherson

Graduate student

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

Amalia Merino

Graduate student

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

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Ryan Morrison

Graduate student

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

Daniel Nourry

Assistant Instructor

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Gabriela O'Connor

Graduate student

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

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Jermani Ojeda-Ludena

Graduate student

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

Lauren Peña

Assistant Instructor

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Gabriela Pérez

Graduate student

Education: MA, Florida State University

Interests: U.S. Latin@ literature, Caribbean literature, queer studies, diaspora studies, contemporary literature

Alida Perrine

Ph.D. Candidate

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

Interests: Black feminisms, Cultural resistance, Racial formation, Brazil, Gendered racism, Identity, Social media, Sexuality, Body politics

Natalie Rangel

Teaching Assistant

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

Adrian R Riccelli

Assistant Instructor |
BEN 4.102; Desk D9b

Education: MA, University of Florida

Interests: Language Contact, Syllable Theory, Sonority, Syntax, Creole Languages, Spanish in the US

Ruth Rubio Rodriguez

Assistant Instructor |
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.

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Mariana Sabino-Salazar

Assistant Instructor |
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.

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Jessica Sanchez Flores

Graduate student |
BEN 4.100

Education: MA, Stanford University

Interests: 0th & 21st centuries Mexico, Indigenous Literatures, Oral Tradition, Race, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Shelly McCraw Smartt

PhD Candidate |

Education: MA, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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

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Camila Torres Castro

Teaching Assistant

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

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Yoel Villahermosa

Graduate student

Education: M.A., West Virginia University

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

Pilar Villanueva

Teaching Assistant

Interests: Indigenous Oral and Written Production; Indigenous Women's Narratives; Decolonizing Feminism; Geopolitics & Identities; Indigenous Struggles in Latin America; Mestizaje, Race & Gender.

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Piero Visconte

Graduate student

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.

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Haleigh Wallace

Graduate student

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.

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    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