Presenting at the Linguistic Society of America's Annual Meeting 2023 (Photo by: Andrew Cheng)


sociolinguistic perception

I am interested in the listening subject's experience with language. I design perception experiments that incorporate socio-psychological methods to reveal how individual experiences of language are informed by broader societal ideologies. My experiments and data analysis are carefully informed by social theories—e.g., critical race theory, disability theory, and intersectionality—to reveal how hegemonic and in-group ideologies shape the perceiver's conscious and subconscious opinions about language.

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PUBLISHED Dissertation: Investigating Deficit Perspectives and Raciolinguistic Ideologies Through Language Attitude Study

PUBLISHED in "Social Meanings of Language Variation in Spanish". Special issue in Languages. (Eds: Sonia Barnes and Whitney Chappell):

Indexing deficiency: Connecting language learning and teaching to evaluations of US Spanish

PUBLISHED in Journal of Experimental Phonetics XXXI

Influence of orthography in production and perception of /b/ in US Spanish

IN PRESS in Language Science Press

Language attitudes in Liguria: Effects of gender on the perception of Genoese

anthropological linguistics

Through discourse/content analysis and interviews, I examine interaction as a social practice that is informed by structures of power and performative needs. I am especially invested in uncovering how hegemonic ideologies undergird "appropriate" language use in public sphere. Relatedly, I use a a decolonial and abolitionist praxis to explicitly critique how oppressive processes of naturalization and normativization are products of the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (see hooks 2000).

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IN PROGRESS at San Quentin Rehabilitation Center:

The sociolinguistic labor of incarcerated people

Research Committee Oversight #2204-048 (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) and Protocol #2022-220 (California Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects)

PUBLISHED in Journal of Language and Discrimination (5)2

Sorry, Not Sorry: Ted Yoho’s Infelicitous Apology as Reification of Toxic Masculinity

IN PREPARATION: A semiotic analysis of right-wing surveillance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s linguistic forms (LSA Student Abstract Award, 3rd Prize)

educational linguistics

The ideological 'standard' language as a model for learning promotes a  monolithic falsehood that excludes language variation as an inherent component of communication and identity. I believe that an inclusive language program strives to dismantle these [neo]colonial conceptualizations of language that historically and presently marginalize entire communities of practice.

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PUBLISHED in Critical Language Teacher Education: Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Eds: Ali Fuad Selvi & Ceren Kocaman). Unsettling Second Language Acquisition Theories through Raciolinguistic, Crip, and Translanguaging Perspectives (with Clara Vaz Bauler)

PUBLISHED in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Empowering product teams to mitigate hateful speech on social media products (with Genevieve Smith and Ishita Rustagi)

PUBLISHED in Decolonizing Spanish Language Teaching and Social Justice: Theoretical Approaches, Teaching Competences and Practices. Special issue in Journal of Spanish Language Teaching. (Eds: M. Fuertes Gutiérrez, R. Márquez-Reiter, B. Evans, A. Moreno Clemons). Raciolinguistics and Spanish language teaching (with Tasha Austin and Aris Moreno Clemons)

PUBLISHED in L2 Journal, (13) 1. A raciolinguistic perspective of language programs and departments