I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA.
My research focuses on the relationship between language and society, and the way they intertwine and shape each other to create new contexts of meaning and new realities. I focus on the development of interdisciplinary theoretical approaches in discourse studies (rhetoric, anthropological linguistics, and functional systemic linguistics) to decode the relation between language and social relations of power and ideology. I analyze how language use induces social change and how discourses are dialectically interconnected, exposing ideological, cultural and sociological nuances. In my most recent projects, I analyze the political discourse of different political leaders in Spanish and English showing how language is used to accomplish political goals.
My professional training and my personal belief lead me to prepare local students to meet global realities. I strongly believe that one of the most intensive and unique teaching experiences a university can provide for its students is the opportunity to learn and grow as global citizens, to better understand and appreciate different cultures and their own through first-hand experience using foreign language in a foreign environment. For this reason I have been seriously enrolled in the development and directing of study abroad programs.
At the graduate level, I assist students’ professional preparation providing them with guidance on library research, methods of data collection and analysis, and manuscript development, and encourage them to participate in professional activities such as conference presentations.