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Jesse L Abing

PhD Candidate

abingjes@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization, Language Variation, Language Change

Steven Alcorn

Assistant Instructor

steven.alcorn@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.102, Desk 9b

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Second and third language acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese; phonetics and phonology; individual learner differences

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Ana Almar-Liante

Assistant Instructor

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

Assistant Instructor

luciaac@gmail.com

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Arno Argueta Lopez

PhD Candidate

arno@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Abel Arias

Assistant Instructor

ariasa2@utexas.edu

Alicia Assini

Assistant Instructor

aassini@utexas.edu

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Sandra V Bernal Heredia

PhD Candidate

sbernalh@utexas.edu

Interests: Popular Culture and Music; Mestizo and Indigenous Identities; Mass Media and Communication; Contemporary Cultural Performance, Peru, Bolivia, the Andes, Latin America Studies.

Laura Boria Gonzalez

Assistant Instructor

lauramboria@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.100 23a

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Caribbean literatures, cultural memory, digital cultures, virtual communities, diasporas

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Kaitlin Burns

Graduate 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

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Ana Cecilia Calle Poveda

PhD 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

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Salvatore Callesano

Assistant Instructor/Graduate Student

callesano@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.102

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

Jessica Carey-Webb

Assistant Instructor

jesscw17@gmail.com |
BEN 5th Floor, Desk 40a

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Travel literature, Amazonia, mapping, ecocritical theory, gendered geographies, space

Jose Ignacio Carvajal Regidor

PhD Candidate

ignaciocarvajal@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Debbie Cifuentes Ramirez

Assistant Instructor

cifuente@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

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

Aris Clemons

Graduate student

amc6957@utexas.edu

Célia Carmen Cordeiro

PhD Candidate

celiacarmencordeiro@utexas.edu |
512-534-1502 |
BEN 5th floor H51a

Interests: Migration Studies (Portuguese Diaspora in the Americas), Luso-Afro-Brazilian Literatures and Cultural Studies from the 19th century to the 21st century.

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Esther Diaz Martin

PhD Candidate

e.diaz@utexas.edu

Interests: Latinx and Latin American Literatures with an emphasis in Chicana/Latina Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality; Feminism; Popular Culture, Sound Studies; Radio and New Media

Christian Elguera

Assistant Instructor

celguera@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Joshua Frank

PhD Candidate

jfrank18@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Purdue University

Interests: Psycholinguistics; second language acquisition; heritage language acquisition; bilingualism; morphosyntax

Ashley Garcia

Graduate 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

Teaching Assistant

tlgarcia@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Christian J Greaser

PhD Candidate

cgrease@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Wyoming

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

Catalina Iannone

PhD Candidate

catalina.iannone@gmail.com

Education: MA, New York University

Interests: Contemporary Iberian Studies, Urban Theory, Race and Gentrification

Min Suk Kim

Assistant Instructor

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

Yu Rim Kim

Teaching Assistant

yrk3pt@utexas.edu

Cassandra Knaff

Assistant Instructor

cmarieknaff@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Jacqueline Larsen Serigos

PhD Candidate

jacquelinelars@gmail.com

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: language contact, computational linguistics, rioplatense spanish

Anna Lawrence

Graduate student

aalawrence@utexas.edu

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

thomas.leslie@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.102 Desk 17b

Education: M.A., Temple University

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

Andreana Marchi

Assistant Instructor

amarchi@utexas.edu

Amalia Merino

Graduate student

amalia.merino@utexas.edu

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

Jeffrey Michno

PhD Candidate

michno@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

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Ryan Morrison

Graduate 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

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Sarah Nicholus

PhD Candidate

snicholus@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Latin American/Luso-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies; Gender and Sexuality/LGBTQ Studies; Intersectional Feminism/Queer Theory; Film, Media and Popular Culture; LGBTQ Culture in Contemporary Brazil; Northeastern Brazilian Cultural Studies; Digital Humanities

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Diana R Norton

PhD Candidate

diana.r.norton@utexas.edu

Education: MA, NYU in Madrid

Interests: 20th Century Spanish Cultural studies, Iberian Studies, borderland studies, transnationalism, denationalism and cosmopolitanism

Daniel Nourry

Assistant Instructor

denb@utexas.edu

Diana Pedraza Leal

Graduate student

dianapedraza@utexas.edu

Interests: Second language acquisition, phonetics, language contact, code-switching, bilingualism in typically developing and language- impaired children

Alida Perrine

Assistant Instructor

alidalp@utexas.edu

Lauren Peña

Assistant Instructor

laurenpv85@utexas.edu

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Gabriela Pérez

Graduate student

gabriela.perez@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Florida State University

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

Natalie Rangel

Teaching Assistant

natalie10@utexas.edu

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

Valeria Rey De Castro

PhD Candidate

valeriardc@utexas.edu |
Ben 4.102 desk 24

Education: MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Violence, post dictatorial representations in Latin America, memory, canon in Latin America, trauma studies, affect theory, gender & queer studies, autobiography

Adrian R Riccelli

Assistant Instructor

adrianrriccelli@utexas.edu |
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

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.

Ruben Saenz

Teaching Assistant

rubensaenz@utexas.edu

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Jessica Sanchez Flores

Graduate student

jlsanchez@utexas.edu |
BEN 4.100

Education: MA, Stanford University

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

Daniela MacGregor Sevilla

PhD Candidate

dsevilla@utexas.edu

Interests: 20th Century Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, Intellectuals and Society, Mexico's Public Education Policy and National Culture

Shelly McCraw Smartt

PhD 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

Whitman Suarez Paez

Graduate student

Interests: Second language acquisition, bilingualism, phonetics, code-switching, dual-language immersion programs, Spanish in the US, language contact, San Andres creole

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Camila Torres Castro

Teaching Assistant

camilatoc@utexas.edu

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

Robyn Wright

PhD Candidate

robynw@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of Arizona

Interests: Sociolinguistics, Variation and Change, Language Contact, Romance Linguistics

Hyunjee Yoon

PhD Candidate

hyunjeeyoon@gmail.com

Education: MA, Korea University

Interests: Learner-Learner Interaction, Learner-Heritage Speaker Interaction, Languages and Identities of Heritage Language Speakers


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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