This is my website where I'll share my CV, bio, and maybe an interesting thought or two!
Here's a mini-academic bio that I wrote back in 2014 that applies just as much today:
I was born in Mexico but moved to Texas as a child. My background in a bilingual household first inspired me to study linguistics. Today I am interested in how new experimental methods such as fMRI, EEG, MEG, and mass online questionnaires allow us to test linguistic theories from the 20th century like never before, and how these can be applied to the field of second language acquisition. The way I see it, an individual language teacher may teach somebody how to fish, but a psycholinguist could one day help "teach somebody how to teach somebody how to fish." In this way, I want to help give others access to the same opportunities I had as a speaker of the lingua franca in a linguistically unequal world.
In 2022 I completed a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois - Chicago, where I enjoyed teaching second language and heritage Spanish while doing a dissertation on the neural indices of implicit vs. explicit second language grammar processing.
I am now working in Dr. Jon Brennan's Computational Linguistics Lab at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, where my NSF-funded project involves combining automated computer transcription with portable wireless EEG to build a neurolinguistic database of naturalistic native and second language conversation.
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