M.A. Candidate – Class of 2019

I am a graduate of Spelman College, a historically black women’s liberal arts college in Atlanta, Georgia. I received my undergraduate degree in Spanish Language and Literature with a concentration on the ‘African Diaspora’. My passion for language differences in marginalized groups such as indigenous groups, women, and Afro-Latinx communities immersed me in the streets of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and as far as “La Rambla” in Barcelona, Spain. While abroad, I conducted research on vernacular and ‘street speech’. Professionally, I aspire to be a sociolinguist and teach at the collegiate level.

Research Interests

After reflecting on my own experiences while abroad, I began investigating the educational performances of those who have been dislocated or marginalized, specifically in Latin America and Spain. I am intrigued by etymology, storytelling, and the varying interpretations of literacy in First Nations, Afro-descendant, and Indigenous groups. My research is motivated by questions like: What are the positive and negative effects of being uprooted in relation to language acquisition? and How do factors such as race, geography, gender, and language impact literacy rates in Least Developed Countries (LDC) and More Developed Countries (MDC)?

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature, Spelman College (2018)