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Graduate Student List

Jesse L Abing

Assistant Instructor

abingjes@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512)232-4548  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 52b

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Syntax, Semantics, Grammaticalization, Language Variation, Language Change

Steven Alcorn

Graduate student

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

Interests

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

Ana Almar-Liante

Graduate student

Brandon O Baird

Graduate student

Sandra V Bernal Heredia

Assistant Instructor; Graduate student

sbernalh@utexas.edu  |  BEN 5th Floor H27B

Interests

  Criollo, mestizo, and indigenous identities, contemporary cultural performance, indigenous literatures, Peru, Bolivia, the Andes, Latin America Studies.

Brian J Bobbitt

Graduate student

bobbitt.brian@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4548  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 39b

Education   

M.A., Spanish, Sacramento State University

Interests

  Migration between Spain and Africa in post-Franco Spain

Tia Butler

Graduate student

tia.butler@utexas.edu

Education   

B.A Foreign Languages and Literatures, Spanish, Whitman College

Interests

  Film, Popular Culture, Mass Media Studies, Afro-Latinidad, Caribbean Studies, African Diasporic Studies, Representation of Vodou/Santeria in US Media

Ana Cecilia Calle Poveda

Graduate student

ana.calle@utexas.edu  |  Ben, 4.100

Interests

  Radio, new media studies, cultural studies, new uses of traditional media, cultural policies in Latin America, mass media and culture, Digital Humanities, urban space appropriation, visual culture

Sam Cannon

Media Center Research Assistant

samcannon@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512)232-4548  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 30b

Education   

MA, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Interests

  20th & 21st century Latin American literature, mass media and culture, film and television, cultural studies, urban spaces, violence, graphic novels and comics

Jessica Carey-Webb

Graduate student

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

Education   

BA, University of Michigan

Interests

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

Rene Carrasco

Assistant Instructor

recarrasco@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4548  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 29b

Education   

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Colonial/Postcolonial Studies; pre-Columbian Mexico; Historiography; Guerrilla Movements in Latin America; Marxist Thought in Latin America.

Debbie Cifuentes Ramire

Graduate student

Interests

  Central American Literature, Migration Narrative, US Latin@ Studies

Adam W Coon

Assistant Instructor

adan916@mail.utexas.edu  |  4.102

Education   

MA, University of Utah

Interests

  Contemporary Indigenous Literatures; Contemporary and Colonial Nahuatl Literary Production; Twentieth Century Latin American Narrative; U.S. Latino/a Studies

Célia Carmen Cordeiro

Graduate student

celiacarmencordeiro@utexas.edu  |  651-621-3719

Interests

  Gender and Space: Portuguese female emigration to Brazil, the U.S., and Argentina in the twentieth century. Hemispheric, Transatlantic, and Immigration Studies. Popular Culture, Portuguese and Latin American Literature.

Christian Elguera

Graduate student

Joshua Frank

Graduate Student

jfrank18@utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4548  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 47

Education   

MA, Purdue University

Interests

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

Tania García-Piña

Graduate student

Samuel Ellis Ginsburg

Graduate student

samgins@utexas.edu  |  Benedict, 4th Floor TA/AI Office, desk 5A

Christian J Greaser

Graduate student

cgrease@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, University of Wyoming

Interests

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

Matthew Jk Hill

Assistant Instructor

matthew.jk.hill@gmail.com  |  (512) 232-4548 [shared office number]  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 32a

Education   

MA, Brigham Young University

Interests

  Colonial Latin America: New Spain-Philippines, Book Trade and Literary Culture, Poetry, Historiography, Crónicas, Race and Ethnicity, Cultural Identity, Nation Building

Catalina Iannone

Graduate student

catalina.iannone@gmail.com  |  Ben 5.100; Desk 34b

Education   

MA, New York University

Interests

  Contemporary Iberian Studies, Urban Theory, Televisual Culture

Dorian L Jackson

Assistant Instructor

dorianleejackson@utexas.edu  |  (512)232-4548  |  BEN 4.102; Desk 20a

Education   

MA, The University of Georgia

Interests

  Drug Trafficking, Fiction, Cultural Production, Short Story, Gender Representations, Narcoliteratura

Min Suk Kim

Assistant Instructor

kimminsuk@utexas.edu  |  (512)579-1364  |  BEN 5.100; Desk 35b

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

Graduate student

Jennifer Lang-Rigal

Assistant Instructor

jenniferlr@utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4548  |   BEN 5.100; Desk 43a

Education   

MA Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Sociolinguistics, Phonetics/Phonology

Jacqueline Larsen

Graduate student

jacquelinelars@gmail.com  |  BEN 5.100 Desk 42a

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  language contact, computational linguistics, rioplatense spanish

Patrick Lawrence

Graduate student

Stephanie A Malak

Assistant Instructor

smalak@utexas.edu  |  (512)232-4548  |  BEN 4.102

Education   

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Mystical (Christian, Jewish) Studies; Religiosity; Gender/Feminism; Golden Age Poetry; Mid-20th Century Latin American poets; Philosophy of poetry

Sean Manning

Graduate student

somanning_es@yahoo.com

Education   

MA, University of North Texas

Interests

  20th Century Spanish and Latin American Poetry

Esther Diaz Martin

Graduate student

e.diaz@utexas.edu  |  BEN 5th floor, Desk 40

Interests

  Mexican American and Latin@ Literature, Mexican Immigrant Popular Culture, Translocal Subjectivities, Woman's Knowledge, Memory and Healing

Christina I McCoy

Graduate student

christinaines@mail.utexas.edu

Education   

MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  early modern Spain; social networks; gender; Otherness

Brandon J McCullers

Graduate student

Sarah Nicholus

Graduate Student

snicholus@utexas.edu  |  BEN 4.100

Interests

  Contemporary Brazil, Queer geographies, urban space, media and popular culture, race, gender, and sexuality

Diana R Norton

Graduate student

diana.r.norton@utexas.edu  |  BEN 5.100, 53A

Education   

Master of Arts, NYU in Madrid

Interests

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

Amy Olen

Graduate student

amy.olen@utexas.edu

Education   

MA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Interests

  Central American Literature, Cultural Studies

Adriana M Pacheco Roldan

Graduate student

apacheco@utexas.edu  |  (512)232-4548  |  BEN 4.100 Desk 46a

Education   

MA, Universidad Ibero-Puebla, Mexico

Interests

  Catholic texts and periodical publications, Nineteenth Century Mexican Literature, Feminism and Gender studies, construction of feminine subjectivity, female representation, rhetoric of virtue and charity.

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

Lauren Peña

Graduate student

Gabriela Pérez

Graduate student

Daniela Radpay

Assistant Instructor

daniela.radpay@utexas.edu  |  BEN 5.100, Desk 36B

Education   

MA, Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture, NYU

Interests

  Medieval Spanish Literature, Gender/Feminist Studies, Islamic Studies, New World Spain, Indigenous Studies, Bartolomé de Las Casas, Jorge Luis Borges, Golden Age Literature

Natalie Rangel

Graduate student

natalie10@utexas.edu

Interests

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

Brendan P Regan

Graduate student

brendan.regan@utexas.edu  |  BEN 5.100 Desk 49b

Interests

  Primary: Sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, phonology/phonetics, language ideologies, dialectology Secondary: Bilingualism, code-switching, languages in contact, SLA

Valeria Rey De Castro

Graduate student

valeriardc@utexas.edu  |  Ben 4.102 desk 24

Interests

  Violence, post dictatorial representations in Latin America, memory, canon in Latin America, trauma studies, affect theory, gender & queer studies, Human Rights

Adrian R Riccelli

Graduate Student/Assistant Instructor

adrianrriccelli@utexas.edu  |  BEN 4.102; Desk D9b

Education   

PhD, Univeristy of Texas at Austin

Interests

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

Ruth Rubio Rodriguez

Graduate student

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.

Daniela MacGregor Sevilla

Assistant Instructor and PhD Candidate

dsevilla@utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4546  |  BEN 4.106

Interests

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

Shelly McCraw Smartt

Assistant Instructor

smsmartt@utexas.edu  |  512-232-4548

Education   

MA, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Interests

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

Sandra E Sotelo-Miller

Graduate Student

sandra.sotelo@utexas.edu  |   (512)232-4546

Education   

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Gender Studies, Borderlands, Performance, Popular culture, Body, Violence in Latin America

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

Marlea Thayer

Graduate Student

livthayer@gmail.com  |  BEN 5.100, desk 28a

Education   

BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests

  Phonetics/Phonology, Historical Linguistics, Judeo-Spanish

Adriano M Trovato

Assistant Instructor

atrovato@utexas.edu  |  BEN 4.102 Desk 23B

Interests

  Sociophonology, language variation, sociophonetics, language contact, bilingualism, Romance phonology, Romance diaspora, language attitudes and identity.

Francis D Watlington

Assistant Instructor

eljefecito@mail.utexas.edu  |  MEZ Help Center

Education   

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Existentialism and Alienation (20th Century Caribbean), Vanguardismos and the Neo-Baroque; The Fantastic; Humor; Fin de siècle; Spatial Theory; Urban Spaces; Mysticism & Spiritism; Race and Gender

Robyn Wright

Assistant Instructor

rwright@utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-4546  |  BEN 4.102; Desk 3a

Education   

MA in Hispanic Linguistics, The University of Arizona

Interests

  Sociolinguistics, Variation and Change, Language Contact, Romance Linguistics

Hyunjee Yoon

Assistant Instructor

hyunjeeyoon@gmail.com  |  BEN 4.102, Desk 15

Interests

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

Maria Giulianna Zambrano

Assistant Instructor

gzambrano@mail.utexas.edu  |  (512)232-4546  |  BEN 4.102; DESK 2a

Education   

MA, The University of Texas at Austin

Omaris Zamora

M.A.

omaris@utexas.edu  |  BEN 5.100 Desk #46

Education   

B.A., University of Chicago

Interests

  Dominican cultural and literary studies, Critical race theory, and Afro-Latino Studies, Gender and Sexuality, Black Feminist Studies

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