My research interests lie at the intersection of second language acquisition (SLA) and Hispanic linguistics.

I am particularly interested in usage-based and functionalist theories of language acquisition. Some of my current research examines aspects of Spanish as a heritage language.


The courses I regularly teach at UCSC are:

  • Spanish 150 (Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics)
  • Spanish 153 (Spanish as a Second Language)
  • Spanish 114 (Advanced Conversation and Composition)
  • APLX 101 (Second Language Acquisition)
  • APLX 135/201 (Second Language Teaching Methodology)

In July 2017, I completed a three-year term as Chair of the Department of Languages and Applied Linguistics. I will be on sabbatical in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018.