Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Job Placements

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT Austin congratulates our PhD candidates who have already accepted tenure-track and postdoctoral positions in other academic institutions.


Summer 2020

-Debbie Cifuentes Ramírez, Lecturer, UT Austin,Studying That Which Cannot Be Read, Heard, or Seen: Transgenerational Traumas of 1.5 and 2nd Generation Salvadorans and Guatemalans”, Supervisors Professors Jason Borge, Arturo Arias

-Christian Elguera, Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK,Traducciones Territoriales: la Defensa de Territorios Indígenas en Perú y en Brazil (1960-2000)”, Supervisors Professors Sonia Roncador, Marisol de la Cadena

-Joshua Frank, Lecturer, UT Austin,An Experimental Approach to Recomplementation: Evidence from Monolingual and Bilingual Spanish”, Supervisor Professor Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Spring 2020

-Salvatore Callesano, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Urbana IL,Perceptual Dialectology, Mediatization, and Idioms: Exploring Communities in Miami”, Supervisor Professor Dale Koike

-Lauren Peña, Lecturer, UT Austin,Spatial Politics in Contemporary Cuban Cinema (1987-2016); Clandestinidad, Ostracism, and Confinement”, Supervisors Professors César Salgado, Donna Kornhaber

-Gabriela Pérez, Bilingual Content Strategist, City of Austin, Austin, TX.Queer Imagined Communities in Diasporic Caribbean Literature”, Supervisor Professor Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez 

-Alida Louisa Perrine, Lecturer, UT Austin, “Black Women’s Cultural Resistance in Brazil: Reading Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century”, Supervisor Professor Lorraine Leu Moore

Fall 2019

-Vivian Flanzer, Senior Lecturer, UT Austin, “The Pragmatics of Greetings and Leave-Takings in Brazil and the United States a Cross-Cultural Study”, Suprvisor Professor Dale Koike 

-Natalie Rangel, Adjunct Professor, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX, A Sociolinguistics Study of Social Satisfaction and Language Practices in the South Texas Border Town Laredo, Texas”, Supervisor Professor Sergio Romero

-Adrian Riccelli, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, The Subject Domain in Cabo-Verdean Creole: Combining Variationist Sociolinguistics and Formal Approaches”, Supervisor Professor Sandro Sessarego

-Ruth Rubio-Gilbertson, Spanish Instructor, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL,  “Blindness and Literary Representation in the Neoliberal Era: Chile and Mexico (1995-2015)”, Supervisors Professors Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, Julie Minich

Spring 2019

-José Ignacio Carvajal Regidor, Tenure Track Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS. “RI UTZ’IB’AXIK RI OJER CH’AKATAJIK. The Writings(s) of Reduction: Maya Written Responses to Colonialism in the Guatemalan Highlands During the Early Colonial Period”, Supervisors Professors Kelly McDonough, and Sergio Romero.

-Daniela Cristina Leal Miereles, Instructor of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. “Discursos Pan-Americanos e Transbrasilidade nos Seculos XX e XXI”, Supervisors Professors Sonia Roncador, and Jason Borge.

Fall 2018

-Jesse Abing, Language Consultant, Lingo Live, New York, NY. “Language Coaching for Learners of Spanish as a Heritage Language: Novice-Expert Interactions via Videoconference”, Supervisor Professor Dale Koike,

-Sarah Elizabeth Nicholus, Postdoc Fellow, Center for Women and Gender Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.  "Queering Tradition: LGBT + Cultural Production in the Brazilian Northeast", Supervisor Professor Lorraine Leu.

Summer 2018

-Steven Michael Alcorn, Postdoc Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. "The Role. Of L2 Experience in L1 Phonotactic Restructuring in Sequential Bilinguals", Supervisors Professors Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Rajka Smiljanic.

-Arno Argueta, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, California State University at Bakersfield, Bakersfield, CA. "Mapping the Wastelands: Spectacles of Wasting in Neoliberal Brazilian and Mexican Film", Supervisor Professor Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba.

-Célia Martins Cordeiro, Visiting Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA.  "Travessias Luso-Afro-Brasileiras: Mobilidades de Mulheres Portuguesas e a Reinvecao de Espacos Culturais (1950-Present)", supervisor Professor Lorraine Leu.

-HyunJee Yoon,    Natural Language Consultant, Google, San José, CA. "Corrective Feedback and Learner Uptake in Spanish Heritage Speaker-Learner and Learner-Learner Interaction" Supervisor Professor Dale Koike.

Fall 2017

-Sandra Bernal Heredia, Visiting Assistant Professor, Colby College, Waterville, ME. "Sonidos e Imágenes Heterogéneas: Presentaciones de Subjetividades Indígenas y Cholas de los Andes en Lima, Perú", supervisor Professor Luis Cárcamo Huechante.

-Jessica Carey-Webb, Postdoc Fellow, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. "Rubber Boom Narratives and the Development of the Amazon", Supervisor Professor Lorraine Leu.

-Esther Díaz Martín, Lecturer, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. "Radiophonic Feminisms: The Sounds and Voices of Contemporary Latina Radio Hosts in the U. S. Southwest 1990-2017", Supervisor Professor Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba.

-Samuel Ginsburg, Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. "The Cyborg Caribbean: Bodies, Technology, and The Struggle for (Post)Humanity in 21st-Century Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican Science Fiction", Supervisor Professor César Salgado.

-Catalina Iannone, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX. "Contemporary Iberian Migrations: discourse, Race, and Urban Space in Lavapiés and Mouraria", Supervisor Professor Lorraine Leu.

-Diana Norton, Lecturer/Coordinator, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. "Writing foreign Stardom Under Autrachy: Affect, Nationalism and the Americas in Early Franquista Spanish", Supervisors Professors Jason Borge, and Jill Robbins.

-Valeria Rey de Castro, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Universidad Católica de Perú, Lima. "Desafiar la Memoria, Iluminar Subjetividades en la Literatura Argentina Contemporánea", Supervisor Professor Gabriela Polit.

Fall 2017

-Jeffrey Michno, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Furman University, Greenville, SC.  "Nicaragua y ¿Vos, Tú, o Usted? Pronoun use and identity construction in an Area of Recent Linguistic and Cultural Contact", supervisor Professor Dale Koike.

-Adriano Trovato, Spanish Curriculum Designer, IXL, San Mateo, CA, "A Sociophonetic Analysis of Contact Spanish in the United States: Labiodentalization and Labial Consonant", Supervisors Professors Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Barbara Bullock.

Summer 2017

-Brendan Regan, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. "The Effect of Dialect Contact and Social Identity of Fricative Demerger", Supervisors Professors Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Barbra Bullock.

-Jacqueline Larsen-Serigos, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. "Applying Corpus and Computational Methods to Loanword Research: New Approaches to Anglicism in Spanish", Supervisors Professors Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Barbra Bullock.

Spring 2017

-Samuel Cannon, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Shreveport, Shreveport, La. "Drawing Crime and Justice in Latin American Crime Comics and Graphic Novels 1970-2015", Supervisor Professor Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez.

-Tyson Echelle, Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. "A Funny Place for Counter-Hegemonic Discourse: Sketch Comedy on Argentinian Television", Supervisor Professor Jason Borge.

-Robyn Wright, Postdoc Fellow, Hendrix College, Conway, AR. "The Madrileño EJKE: A study of the Perception and Production of Velarized /S/ in Madrid", Supervisor Professor Almeida Jacqueline Toribio.

Fall 2016

-Brian Bobbitt, Educator at Freelance, Christian Brothers High School Sacramento, Sacramento CA. "Refusing to Be Buried Alive: Burial and African Immigration in Afro-Spanish Literature", Supervisor Professor Jill Robbins.

Summer 2016

-Omaris Zamora, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS. “(Trans)formations of an Afro-Latina: Embodied Archives of Blackness and Womanhood in Transnational Dominican Women’s Narratives, Supervisor Professor Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez.

Spring 2016

-Stephanie Malak, Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. "Transcending Immanence: Poetic Reason and Mysticality in Twentieth Century Christian and Jewish Latin American Poetics", Supervisors Professors Naomi Lindstrom and César Salgado.

-Sandra Sotelo-Miller, Lecturing Fellow, Duke University, Durham, NC. "Hazme un GUAGUIS: The Politics de Relajo, Humor, Gender and Sexuality in Teatro de Revista, Teatro de Carpa and Cabaret Político in Mexico", Supervisor Professor Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba.

-James Staig Limidoro, Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. "Cuerpos Resonantes: Sonidos y Voces en la Poesía del Caribe y el Cono Sur 1930-1980", Supervisor Professor Luis Cárcamo-Huechante

Summer 2015

-Adam Coon, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota-Morris, Morris, MN. "IAJKI Estados Onidos/She Went to the U. S.: Nahua Identities in Migration Within Contemporary Nahua Literature, 1985-2014", Supervisor Professor Arturo Arias.

-Ashwini Ganeshan, Lecturer/Language Coordinator, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK "Case Marking in Spanish Reverse Psychological Verbs: A Lexical Semantic Perspective", Supervisor Professor Chiyo Nishida.

Spring 2015

-René Carrasco, Lecturer in History and Literature, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. "Gramática de la redención: Genealogía de las lógicas discursivas del indigenismo en México". Supervisor Professor Arturo Arias.

-Mary Margaret Dowdy, Spanish Teacher, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, TX. "Enchufad@s: Representations of the Internet and New Technologies in Queer Latin American Literatures", Supervisor Professor Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez.

-Matthew Hill, Librarian, Latin American and Iberian Area Studies, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. "Intercolonial Currents: Printing Press and Book circulation in the Spanish Philippines, 1571-1821". Supervisors Professors Kelly McDonough, and César Salgado.

-Dorian Lee Jackson, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. "The Other Side: An alternate Approach to the Narconarratives of Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil", Supervisor Professor Lorraine Leu.

-Sean Manning, Lecturer, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin ,TX.  "TECTONICS OF THE POETIC SELF The Formation of Juan Larrea and Lorenzo García Vega", Supervisors Professors César Salgado, and Enrique Fierro.

-Christina McCoy, Visiting Assistant Professor, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. "The Self as Subject, and the Subjected Self: Networks of Being and Becoming in Miguel de Cervantes and Antonio de Sosa", Supervisor Professor Cory Reed.

-Amy Olen, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. "Discourse and Identity in Guatemala: Imaginaries of Indigeneity and Luis de Lión’s Decolonial Grito/Llanto", Supervisor Professor Arturo Arias.

-Adriana Pacheco, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Pue., Mexico. "Retórica católica en el siglo XIX en México.  De 'ángel del hogar' a 'ángel viril'". Supervisor Professor Naomi Lindstrom.

-Francis Watlington, Reading/Literature/Language/Arts Coordinator, IDEA Allan Charted School, Austin, TX. "Re-humanizando al sujeto alineado: Extrañamientos de lo masculino en la narrativa existencial cubana", Supervisors Professors Jossianna Arroyo- Martínez and César Salgado.

-Giulianna Zambrano, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador. "Narrativas del confinamiento corporizantes: Justicia inminente en Francisco Matos Paoli, José Revuletas y Reinaldo Arenas". Supervisors Professors Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez and César Salgado.

Fall 2014

-Arthur Herman Wendorf, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith, AK. “El mundo de comida: The Relative Effectiveness of Videogame Feedback and Classroom Feedback in Helping Students Learn Spanish Food Vocabulary on a Videogame", Supervisor, Professor  Dale Koike.

Spring 2014

-Brandon Baird, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Middlebury, College, Middlebury, VT. "An acoustic analysis of Spanish-K'ichee' (Mayan) bilingual intonation", Supervisor Professor Almeida Jacqueline Toribio.

-William Christian Cousins, Upper School Teacher and Coach, Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ. “Journalistic Affect in the Contemporary Spanish Historical Novel, 2000-2004”, Supervisor Professor Jill Robbins.

-Enrique González-Conty, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. "Archiving the Revolution: Claiming History in Cuban Literature and Film", Supervisor Professor César Salgado.

-Eliseo Jacob, Lecturer, Howard University, Washington DC. "Literatura periférica and Ghetto Fiction: Urban Space and Citizenry in São Paulo and New York", Supervisor Professor Sonia Roncador.

-Jennifer Lang-Rigal, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. "El cantito cordobés: a perceptual and experimental phonetic approach to dialect stereotypes", Supervisor Professor Almedia Jacqueline Toribio.

-Paula Park, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. "Transcolonial Sounds: Dissonances in Cuban and Filipino Literature", Supervisor Professor César Salgado.

-Nancy Tille-Victorica, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Armstrong Atlantic University, Savannah, GA. "The Corporeality of Trauma, Memory and Resistance: Writing the Female Body in Contemporary Fiction from Chile and Argentina", Supervisor Professor Naomi Lindstrom.

-Cecilia Tocaimaza, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE. "Metatalk and its Effect on Processes of L2 Vocabulary Development", Supervisor Professor Dale Koike.




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