I am an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Linguistics and Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I am also a core faculty member in the Program in Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP).
I hold Ph.D.s in Hispanic Linguistics (2014) and Sociology (2016), both from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to coming to CU-Boulder, I was a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.
I am a scholar of Language in Social Interaction, and my research centers on the use of language in everyday life. For me, the study of language provides a means through which the moment-by-moment 'doing' of social life is accomplished and can be systematically investigated. I am particularly interested in situations of contact -- that is, when divergent languages, dialects, cultures, etc. come together in interaction -- with a primary focus on Spanish speakers in the United States. I bring together methods from Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics, and Sociolinguistics to investigate language use in both institutional and non-institutional contexts, routinely linking interactional practices to larger themes, including questions of race/ethnicity, individual/group identity and culture, and relations with social institutions (especially healthcare).
In the links above, you can read more about my Research Interests, see my CV and Publications (PDF downloads available; or feel free to email me if you want something that is not linked here), and my Teaching Philosophy.
My contact information is found below.