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PhD Students
mho Elisabeth Baker (PhD candidate)
Since graduating with her MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies from Wake Forest University in 2014, Elisabeth has spent time in Nicaragua and has lived in Spain. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics. Elisabeth’s main research interests are child language acquisition, child bilingualism, second language acquisition, and language contact. She recently completed an article on children's production of 2nd person singular preterit forms (caíste ~ caístes).
mho Len Beké (PhD candidate)
Len's research interests center on the Nuevomexicano Spanish dialect and community. He has been studying this variety since 2011 and has done fieldwork in many areas of the state including Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Santa Fe, Pecos and Abiquiú. Specific interests include contact induced language change, grammaticalization, language maintenance, linguistic repression, verbal art performance, and documentary & critical toponymy. Len's 2018 article "Y luego se pintan patrás… Metaphorical extension and the grammaticalization of patrás in Nuevomexicano Spanish" was published in Spanish in Context.
mho Emily Byers
Emily is pursuing her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics focusing on phonetic convergence, codeswitching, and language contact. She earned an M.A. in Linguistics from Florida International University in Miami, FL and a M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Indiana University. Emily was a Christine Mirzayan Graduate Science Technology & Policy Fellow at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C. and currently manages the international grants portfolio for UNM’s Project ECHO. Her prior research focused on how continuous L1 and L2 input influences early Spanish-English bilinguals’ speech production and examined perception of codeswitched utterances under adverse listening conditions.
mho Mark Cisneros (PhD Candidate)
Mark graduated with his M.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. His research interests include sociolinguistics and heritage language maintenance, identity and pedagogy. He is also interested in the acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language, especially amongst native speakers of a language typologically similar to Spanish. He is a native south Texan and hopes to be able to begin researching this linguistically diverse region.
mho Mario Del Angel Guevara (PhD Candidate)
Mario Esteban's interests include dialects of Spanish, specially the Spanish of New Mexico. Spanish varieties and linguistic diversity. Language evolution and change in different linguistic communities. The evolution and spread of the Spanish language in the American Southwest.
mho Fátima Dutra
Fátima holds a B.A degree in Social Work from her native Brazil. In 2015 she graduated with a M.A degree in Spanish Applied Linguistics from Purdue University, where she was also a TA and taught Spanish and Portuguese language and culture. Fátima’s research interests include social inclusion, language attitudes, and linguistic ideologies.
mho Ana Martínez de Figueroa
Ana came to UNM sponsored by the US Air Force to pursue a Hispanic Linguistics degree. Her research interests include childhood language acquisition and bilingualism, language variation and change in Brazilian Portuguese, anthropological and historical linguistics. Although not her primary field of specialty, she is interested in further analysing the Portuguese language to establish correlations between Spanish and Portuguese, which in turn may prove very useful in classroom education.
mho Carlos Enrique Ibarra (PhD Candidate)
Carlos Enrique works on intergenerational change in minority, mostly endogamous bilingual/trilingual groups within larger, hegemonic cultures and linguistic contexts with a focus on language contact, maintenance, code-switching, phonology, linguistic identity, usage domains and attitudes. He has researched Mexican Veneto in Guanajuato and Puebla, Keresan and Spanish heritage speakers in New Mexico, and Chilean Spanish and French speakers in Quebec. He conducted extensive dissertation fieldwork with bilingual and trilingual Mixtecos in northwestern rural Oregon in 2016-2018. Carlos Enrique has been the Assistant Coordinator for the Spanish as a Heritage Language program at UNM since 2018, received the 2019 UNM Fellowship for the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Summer Institute and was awarded the 2020-2021 UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute Ph D Fellowship. Carlos Enrique's website.
mho Karol Ibarra Zetter (PhD Candidate)
Karol trabaja en aspectos fonológicos del español en su relación con la adquisición del lenguaje y el bilingüismo. Ha sido secretaria y presidenta de SPGSA (Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Student Association) y representante en el consejo estudiantil en la asociación de estudiantes de posgrado y profesionistas (GPSA) de UNM. Actualmente, es Liaison por parte de (S&P) en la asociación de los estudiantes del Departamento de Lingüística "High Dessert Linguistic Society (HDLS)". Su artículo Cronometría del ritmo en cuatro lenguas colombianas: emberá-chamí, kamsá, kogui, y wayúu, escrito con David Páez Acevedo, se publicó en Forma y Función.
mho Joely Morales Villela
Joely grew up in Tampico, Tamaulipas, México, and later moved to the US Southwest. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish and a M.A. in Hispanic Literature from UNM. She has taught Spanish as Second Language at the beginning and intermediate levels and an introductory course in Literature. She also has experience teaching online language classes. She has been an active officer of the Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Association and president of Sigma Delta Pi Chapter Mu Alpha. Now Joely is pursuing a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics with an interest in psycholinguistics, educational linguistics, language acquisition, and the pedagogical and social aspects of languages in contact, especially relating to the diversity of Spanish in the US.
pic Fredy Mendieta Rodríguez
Fredy graduated with a degree in Spanish and Foreign Languages at the National Pedagogical University in Colombia. In 2011, he earned his Master´s degree in Linguistics from el Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogotá, Colombia, with a thesis about the acoustic analysis of rhotic sounds in the spoken Spanish of Bogotá. He worked as a Research Assistant in el Instituto Caro y Cuervo and as an Instructor of Spanish and Communications from 2011 to 2019; in addition, he has taught courses on the history of the Spanish language. Fredy's research interests focus on the correlation between social factors, pronunciation and intonation among Latin American populations.
pic Desirée Ramírez Urbaneja (PhD Candidate)
Desirée came to the US as a Fulbright scholar and stayed to pursue her career in Hispanic Linguistics. Her main interests focus on variationist approaches to language variation and change, functional syntax, grammaticalization of Peninsular Spanish, language contact, and the study of patterns of morphosyntactic variation in the code-switching practices among Spanish-English bilingual speakers in the US, specifically in New Mexican Spanish. Her article “¿Tú tienes una little pumpkin?”: Mixed Noun Phrases in Spanish-English Bilingual Children and Adults was published in the International Journal of Bilingualism.
pic Kelsey Treviño
Kelsey graduated with a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX in 2015 before going on to teach high school Spanish in the East Texas area until 2018. She completed a M.A. in Spanish with a focus in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2020. Her main research interests involve usage-based approaches to Linguistics, multilingualism, psycholinguistics, Spanish in the U.S., and research methodology.

MA Students
mho Korina Apodaca Cordova
Korina is from Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico and was raised in the Four Corners area. She earned a BA in Languages with a concentration in Arabic and Spanish from UNM. Korina has worked as a medical interpreter for the Division of Physical Therapy at UNM and is pursuing an MA in Hispanic Linguistics at UNM where she is also a teaching assistant. After completing her MA, Korina hopes to obtain a PhD in Spanish and focus on teaching and changing the way second language acquisition and bilingualism is approached.
mho Emily Bird Brown
Criada entre Manatí, Puerto Rico, y Albuquerque, NM, el español y sus variaciones dialectales siempre han existido al centro de la vida de Emily. Recibió su BA de Español y Psicología en el 2019. Ahora le interesa investigar aspectos sociolingüísticos dentro de comunidades latinas en los EEUU, particularmente entre inmigrantes de Latinoamérica.
mho Andrea Duarte Madrazo
Andrea graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a joint Bachelors of Arts in Comparative Literature and Spanish. Language contact has always played a mayor role in her life, as she grew up in a Spanish-Colombian family in the United Kingdom. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics with a particular interest in phonetics, psycholinguistics and identity.
mho Luis Hinojosa Cantú
Luis is from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. His research interests are Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and Language Change. As a member of UNM's Lobo Language Acquisition Lab, Luis is collecting data on Spanish-speakers use of demonstratives. He is also a Teaching Assistant and he enjoys teaching Spanish as a second language.
mho Isabel Last
Isabel received her BA in Spanish with a concentration in Secondary Education and a minor in Linguistics from Towson University. She has been trained to teach Spanish as a second language and as a bilingual paraeducator aiding English language learners. In 2018 Isabel took part in the Guatemala Field Station where she studied Kaqchikel-Spanish code switching. Her research interests include phonetics, prosody, second language acquisition, language contact, the sociolinguistics and semiotic landscape of Reggaeton, and the origin of human language.
mho Sarah Lease
Sarah graduated with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Linguistics from the University of Colorado Denver in 2020. She is currently pursuing a MA in Hispanic Linguistics. Her interests in Spanish and linguistics stem from traveling and growing up listening to various varieties of Spanish. Sarah is interested in investigating language use, U.S. Spanish dialects, and language acquisition through phonetics.
mho Sandra Martínez López
Sandra se graduó de la Universidad Católica de El Salvador con una Licenciatura en Periodismo y Comunicación Audiovisual. Siempre le ha gustado el mundo de las letras y el lenguaje y es por eso que decidió enfocarse en la Lingüística Hispánica. Actualmente, se encuentra estudiando la maestría de español con concentración en Lingüística Hispánica y espera continuar con su Doctorado en esta área. Le interesa conocer los diversos enfoques de enseñanza del español como segunda lengua. También le gustaría enfocarse en la adquisición y acomodación lingüística.
mho Miguel Roman
Miguel grew up in the exotic town of Los Alamos New Mexico, and has always been motivated to learn new languages. His academic interests are primarily in childhood bilingualism and its development into adulthood bilingualism. Large areas of interest for him are the American Southwest, with many bilingual speakers of English and Spanish, and the Japanese Chubu region, with a large amount of Japanese and Portuguese bilinguals. Future research interests include the maintenance of bilingualism in Japan, and researching the effectiveness of second language acquisition models.
mho Selena Tran-Jurado
Selena Tran-Jurado is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received a BA in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. Her interest in Spanish comes from her family and living in a community where Spanglish is spoken. She aspires to become a Spanish teacher at the high school level to help Spanish heritage students learn Spanish.
mho Peter Wood
Peter Wood received their BA summa cum laude in English with a minor in Geography and Spanish from Bridgewater State University in 2018. They completed a directed study gathering research materials on Standard Language Ideology in Bolivian broadcast media. Their article on the influence of captivity narratives on contemporary media, “Reframing Sympathy for Indigenous Captives in Avatar: The Last Airbender,” was published in the 2018 issue of The Undergraduate Review. Peter’s research interests include the modern and historical roles held by Standard Language Ideology and language planning in the study of language contact between Spanish with Andean languages and Mozarabic.