PhD Students
mho Elisabeth Baker (PhD candidate)
Elisabeth's main areas of research are child language acquisition, childhood bilingualism, and language contact with a focus on morphology. Her dissertation research includes corpus and experimental studies focusing on Spanish-speaking children's regularization of Spanish verb morphology, including 2sg preterit (caíste ~ caístes) and irregular past participles (roto ~ rompido). Her 2021 Journal of Child Language article ¡Casi te caístes!: Variation in second person singular preterit forms in Spanish Children finds effects of age, language contact, and lexical frequency on Spanish children's production of 2sg forms like 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 (PhD candidate)
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 Cisneros holds an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas-Pan American. His research interests include Spanish Second Language (SSL) and Spanish Heritage Language (SHL) Acquisition and Pedagogy, bilingualism, sociolinguistics, and Spanish in the U.S. His PhD dissertation focuses on the use of discourse markers in the academic writing of SHL learners in advanced, mixed writing courses. His research aims to determine whether SHL learners benefit from explicit and implicit instruction with respect to the acquisition and production of discourse markers.
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 Chelsey DiPasquale-Hunton
Chelsey comes to UNM with a Masters in Translation and Interpretation (Spanish/English) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and fresh from 6 years of experience working with multilingual students from Kindergarten to 8th grade at Seattle Public Schools. She has lived in Mexico, France and Spain, as well as many corners of the United States. Her research interests include language acquisition, multilingual education and home language use in the classroom as key ingredients for social justice.
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 (PhD Candidate)
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, endogamous bilingual/trilingual groups within larger, hegemonic cultures and linguistic contexts with a focus on language contact, maintenance, code-switching, phonology, sociophonetics, linguistic identity and attitudes, and usage domains. He has researched linguistic contact for Mexican Veneto and Spanish in Mexico, Keresan and Traditional New Mexican Spanish in New Mexico, and Chilean Spanish and French in Quebec, in addition to his dissertation fieldwork with bilingual and trilingual Mixteco speakers in northwestern rural Oregon in 2016-2018. Carlos Enrique was the Assistant Coordinator for UNM’s Spanish as a Heritage Language program between 2018 and 2021, received the 2019 Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Summer Institute UNM Fellowship, and was awarded the 2020-2022 UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute PhD Fellowship. Currently, he is the Spanish Language Program Coordinator at Louisiana State University 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.
pic Fredy Mendieta Rodríguez (PhD Candidate)
Fredy holds a B.A. in Spanish and Foreign Languages from the National Pedagogical University in Colombia, and an MA in Linguistics from the Instituto Caro y Cuervo in Bogotá, Colombia. He worked as a Research Assistant in that same institution, and as an Instructor of Spanish and Communications from 2011 to 2019. His MA thesis focused on rhotic sounds in Spanish in Bogotá. His PhD dissertation focuses on the way embodied phonological features interact to increase directive force. He has recently published the book Lexicografía electrónica especializada: el caso del Diccionario Académico de Medicina (Diacme) (2020) with colleagues at the Instituto Caro y Cuervo, as well as a chapter called «Erre con erre, cigarro…»: consideraciones para el diseño de cuestionarios sociolingüísticos a propósito del estudio de las róticas en Bogotá” (2021). Fredy teaches Hispanic Linguistics courses and is an RA for the Lobo Language Acquisition Lab.
pic Érick Pineda
Érick holds a B.A in Hispanic Language and Literature from Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and an M.A. in Spanish with a focus in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Colorado Boulder. His research interests include Language change & variation and Spanish as a second language. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics with a particular interest in Spanish in contact with the Purépecha

MA Students
mho Liliana Alva Regalado
Liliana holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Universidad de Morelia, Mexico. Now, she is pursuing a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics. As a Spanish native speaker and former teacher in Mexico, she is interested in teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language.
mho Abigail Bowen
Abigail is an MA student in the Hispanic Linguistics program and also a TA in the Spanish as a Second Language program. She hopes to earn a dual MA in Portuguese as well. She received her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a minor in History from the University of Oregon in Eugene. Her research interests include language contact, language variation, and second language acquisition. Outside of the classroom her hobbies include spending time in the mountains, reading and cooking.
mho Gisell Cereceres Barrera
Gisell received a B.A. in Linguistics and Portuguese with a minor in Spanish in May 2022 from UNM. She is currently an MA student in Hispanic Linguistics and hopes to complete the Dual MA in Portuguese, too. Since February 2022, she is the full-time Administrative Assistant to the Director at UNM's Women's Resource Center. As a Mexican-American trilingual speaker, her interests include sociolinguistics, child-language acquisition, second-language acquisition, bilingualism, code-switching, and language revitalization.
mho María Domínguez
María is a first-year master’s student and a teaching assistant. She graduated with a bachelors in Spanish & Linguistics from the University of Florida. After her masters, María plans to pursue a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics focusing on Spanish Heritage Speakers. Her main areas of research are Spanish as a Heritage Language and code-switching and her secondary research interests include sociolinguistics and morphosyntax. Her hobbies include painting, listening to Bad Bunny, and drinking cold brew.
mho Luisa Hurtado Iglesias
Luisa received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Portuguese from the University of New Mexico in 2020. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics. As a native Spanish speaker, she is interested in language acquisition, bilingualism, and sociolinguistics. Luisa teaches Spanish and is an RA for the Lobo Language Acquisition Lab.
mho Logan Moses
Logan graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a BA in Languages and Intercultural studies with a minor in History. He received his MA in Teaching (Spanish) from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Logan is currently a TA in UNM's Spanish as a Second Language Program. Logan's interests include childhood language acquisition, heritage students in the Spanish classroom, and historical linguistics.
mho Leticia Rinaldi Souza
Letícia graduated in Portuguese with a minor in Linguistics in from the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, in Brazil, in 2019. She is currently an MA student in Hispanic Linguistics and a Spanish TA at UNM. Her interests include language acquisition, second-language teaching and language contact. She recently obtained a Field Research Grant from the LAII.
mho Shane Saddison-Bradford
Shane holds a B.A. in Spanish, Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has spent time at the Universidad de Caldas to study Hispanic Linguistics and Foreign Language Didactics in Manizales, Colombia. He is pursuing a M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics to focus his research on the sociocultural implications of language and language perceptions within a Colombian context. He is also interested in linguistic anthropology, nonstandard dialectology, language contact and foreign language acquisition within immersive environments.