Meet Our Grad Students

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Our diverse student body comes from 12 countries and 6 US states and many are first generation graduate students. Learn more about their research interests below.

Ariel Arjona
Ana Paula Ferreira and Jaime Hanneken, advisors
My research interests include the formation of national identities in the Caribbean with a focus on Literature, Art, Architecture and Philosophy.
Camille Braun
Ofelia Ferrán and Bill Viestenz, advisors
My research focuses on contemporary narratives of substance use disorder in Spain.
Yomary Carillo Tequia
Ofelia Ferrán, advisor
incoming student
Jacob Dixon
Sophia Beal and Ana Paula Ferreira, advisors
I am interested in Lusophone music - especially how it intersects with gender and capitalism
Sara Gardner
Michelle Hamilton, advisor
My research interests center around the culinary heritage and cultural identity of Sephardic Jews in Medieval Iberia.
Laura Moyneur
Ana Forcinito, advisor
My research involves twentieth-century Latin-American testimonios and addresses questions of memory, identity, and justice during and after Argentina’s dictatorship from 1974 to 1983.
Magaly Ortiz
Michelle Hamilton, advisor
Medieval and Early Modern Iberian literatures, cultures, and gender studies.  Mediterranean Studies. Captivity. The veil: dress and symbolism.
Kaylee Rasmussen 
Luís Ramos-García, advisor
incoming student
Alejandra Takahira
Ana Forcinito, advisor
Feminist and gender studies, critical race, and Latin American cinema and literature. Also, Asian-Latin American identities and transnational identities, and their particular cultural perspective and expression.
Carlos Villanueva
Ana Forcinito and Jaime Hanneken, advisors
I am interested in 20th and 21st century Central American literature and testimony as well as social and revolutionary movements in Central America, family narratives, and colonialism and decoloniality.
William Cornejo Moreira
Tim Face, advisor
Perla Escobar
Carol Klee, advisor
Perceptions of Spanish with heritage learners
Sabrina Fluegel
Carol Klee and Kendall King, advisors
My research interests include context of learning, dialect acquisition, and the effects of study abroad on L2 abilities. Additionally, I am interested in studying language use in social media and instructional materials.
Yoko Hama
Carol Klee, advisor
Yoko is a PhD student specializing in Hispanic Linguistics. Their research interests include sociolinguistics, language contact, language and identity, especially in the context of Asian diaspora communities in Spanish speaking countries.
Jacky James
Carol Klee, advisor
Spanish language contact and change and use of inclusive language
Raegeom Lee
Mandy Menke and Francisco Ocampo, advisors
I am interested in Second Language Acquisition - specifically on teaching Spanish to speakers of Korean. My research also includes the use of irony as a teaching tool.
Marie Mangold
Mandy Menke, advisor
My research interests include second language acquisition, bilingual and immersion education, Spanish for heritage speakers, and sociolinguistics.
Celeste Morales
Carol Klee, advisor
My research interests include Spanish as a Heritage Language, sociolinguistics, language ideology and identity, content-based language instruction, Spanish SLA, language immersion education, and second language teaching.
James Ramsburg
Carol Klee and Francisco Ocampo, advisors
My research interests include historical sociolinguistics, language contact, Belearic Catalan, language and cognition, and discourse analysis.
Leiry Warren
Carol Klee and Mandy Menke, advisors
My research interests include Second Language Acquisition, Strategic Competence, Scenarios and Communicative strategies to help students to communicate in an effective way, using what they know without feeling limitation using Spanish.