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Laura Callahan

Laura is a first-year PhD student of Spanish in the literature track. She holds a BA in Spanish and International Studies from Baldwin Wallace University, a JD from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University, and an MA in Spanish from Cleveland State University. Her current research interests include XX and XXI century Caribbean literature and pop culture, including popular music and film, and law and literature.

Nicholas Campbell

Nicholas Campbell is a first-year M.A. student of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Florida and holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His current research interests include dialectology, sociolinguistics, and second-language acquisition.

Antonio Cardentey Levin

Anthony Cazares

Anthony is a first year MA Spanish Literature student. He is interested in studying the literature present in Visigothic Spain and that was produced in the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages after the Visigoths lost their sovereignty. Along with this endeavor, he wants to investigate the various cultural and religious characteristics that gave rise or helped to shape those medieval kingdoms.

Thomas “Buddy” Delegal

Thomas “Buddy” Delegal is a second-year MA student of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Florida. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and International Studies from the University of North Florida. His research interests include bilingualism, code-switching, and the process of second-language acquisition among Spanish-speakers who learn English as a second language, and vice versa.

Leire Echevarría

Leire is a first year PhD student of Hispanic Linguistics. She holds a B.A. from the University of Deusto, Spain, in Modern Languages and a M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research interests include second language phonology and heritage speaker bilingualism.

Alberto Escudero

Alberto Fernández-Diego

Alberto Fernández-Diego is a first year PhD student of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), an M.A. in Contemporary Philosophy (UNED), a PhD in Contemporary Philosophy (Universidad de Oviedo) and an M.A. in Spanish (Western Michigan University). His current research interests include Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics and Phonology.

Paula Fernández-Hernández

Paula is a 3rd year PhD student of Spanish Literatures and Cultures. She holds a B.A. in Hispanic Philology from Universidad de La Laguna (Spain, Canary Islands) and a M.A. in Spanish Literatures, Arts and Civilization from the Université des Antilles (Martinique). Her research interest include Literature from Canary Islands and 20th and 21st Century Poetry from women writers in Caribbean.

Marc Gandarillas

Marc Gandarillas is from Barcelona. He is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida (linguistics track). He earned his B.A. in Classics and his B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Barcelona. He also holds a M.A. in Cultures and Languages of Antiquity (University of Barcelona), which he concluded with a thesis on the Sardinian language. His current research interests include sociolinguistics, bilingualism, language contact, code-switching, dialectology, language policy, endangered languages, and historical linguistics.

Greity González Rivera

Greity Gonzalez Rivera is a second year Ph.D student of Spanish in the literature track. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the Universidad de La Habana, and a M.A in Spanish from Florida International University (Miami, USA). Her current research interests include the field of neoliberalism, cultural industries and 20th Century Latin American literature from Boom until the Crack movement.

Paola Guerrero-Rodriguez

Paola Guerrero Rodriguez is from Mexico City, and earned her BA in Languages from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. She earned her Master´s Degree in Hispanics Linguistics from Texas Tech University. She is a first year doctoral student. Her research interests include Dialectology, Bilingualism, Cultural and Identity Studies, Language Aquisition, Sociolinguistics, and Heritage languages.

Laura Guillén-Matus

Laura is a PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics. She received her B.A. in Language Teaching from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico) and her M.A. in Spanish from Wichita State University. Her research interests include second language acquisition, intercultural communicative competence, study abroad, and instructional technology.

 

María Hernández

María is a first-year PhD student of Spanish in the literature track. She holds a BA in Language Teaching from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico) and MA in Spanish from University of Arkansas. Her current research interests include contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts.

Clay Hurdle

Clay Hurdle is a first-year student of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. He holds a B.S. in Agricultural Education & Communication, a B.A. in Spanish, and an M.S. in Agricultural Education & Communication – all from the University of Florida. His research interests include second language acquisition, learning in context, study abroad programs, intercultural communicative competence, and historical linguistics.

Nick Judd

Nick is a second year PhD student of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. He holds a B.A. in Spanish from Pittsburg State University and an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois State. His research interests include Historical Linguistics, Variation and Second Language Acquisition.

Mariandreina Kostantinov

Mariandreína Kostantinov is a first year doctoral student of Spanish Linguistics. She holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida and a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida. Her research interests includes bilingualism, multilingualism, phonetics, phonology, and second language acquisition.

Julia Lindberg

Julia Lindberg is a first year Master’s student in the Center for Latin American Studies. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Certificate in Translation and Interpretation. Her current research focuses on sustainable development and humanitarian efforts in Chile. She also does occasional research on 20th Century and Contemporary Chilean literature.

Lori Lye

Lori is a third-year doctoral student of Hispanic Linguistics. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees from UF in Spanish, Chinese, and Mathematics, as well as her M.A. in Bilingual Education. Her current research interests include second language acquisition and applied linguistics.

Máyori Matos-Camacho

Máyori is a first-year MA student of Hispanic Linguistics. She holds a dual B.A. in Modern Languages and Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico. Her research interests include language variation, language contact, Mexican languages and Spanish as a second language.

Damaris Mayans-Ramón

Dámaris is a PhD candidate in Hispanic Linguistics. She holds a B.A. in English Philology from the University of Alicante (Spain) and an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and a certificate in Translation Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her primary research interests are psycholinguistic aspects of bilingual and multilingual acquisition with a focus on retrieval processing and sentence processing.

Hamideh Mohammadi

Hamideh is a PhD candidate of Hispanic Linguistics, researching Psycholinguistics and bilingualism, particularly sentence processing of L2 and heritage language. She holds a B.A. in Accounting from the Kar Higher Education Institute in Iran, a B.A in Spanish language from Azad Institute of Tehran, a M.A. in Spanish linguistics from the University of Georgia.

Marcela Murillo

Nancy Pinzón

Nancy Pinzón is a 4th-year PhD student of Latin American Literature and Culture. She holds a B.A. in Civil Engineering from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería, in Bogotá, a M.S. in Information Systems from Pace University in New York, and a M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from the University of Montana in Missoula. Her current research interests include literature and film in Argentina, Colombia, and Italy, specifically the works related to the 70’s and 80’s dictatorships and terrorism studied from the connection between humor and pain.

Falcon Restrepo-Ramos

Falcon Restrepo is a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Linguistics. He is from Medellin, Colombia and holds a B.A. in Translation from Universidad de Antioquia and a M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL from West Virginia University. His research interests include language contact and variation, Spanish SLA, and sociophonetics. His thesis focuses on a language contact situation in the Archipelago of San Andres, Colombia, where Spanish and an English-based Creole, known as Islander, coexist within the same territory.

 

Hernán Rosario

Hernán is a second year PhD student of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Florida. He completed his B.A. in Spanish High School Education in the University of Puerto Rico and his M.A. in Linguistics from the same university. His research interest include Bilingualism, Languages in Contact and Sociolinguistics.

Enara Sanchez

Enara Sanchez is a first-year M.A. student from Bilbao, Spain. She studies a MA in Spanish Literature and Culture at the University of Florida, and she holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Deusto, Spain. Her current research interests include Latin American studies and Contemporary literature.

Grisell Santiago

Grisell is a first year PhD student of Spanish Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. She graduated with a M.A and a B.A. from the University of Central Florida. Her interests include Literature from: Generation of ’27 and second language acquisition.

Patricia Tavares

Mercedes Tejera-García de la C.

Mercedes is a PhD candidate in Iberoamerican Literature. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Literature with a co-major on Latin American and Latino Studies, and an M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Literatures both from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her research interests are 20th and 21th Century Science Fiction novels from Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Spain (Focusing on gender, politics, mass media culture and neoliberalism).

Melany D.C. Vergara

Melany is a second-year Ph.D student of Spanish in the literature track. She holds a B.A. in foreign languages from the Universidad del Atlántico (Colombia) and a M.A in Spanish from the University of Arkansas. Her studies are focused on the Latin American literature of the XX and XXI centuries and her research interests include the study of a social economy of the body in the Colombian, Brazilian and Argentinian narrative.

María Waked