I am currently approaching my final year of PhD study in Linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I also hold an MS in Linguistics from Georgetown University and a BA in Sociocultural Linguistics from the University of California Santa Barbara.
My research combines anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics to investigate the development and negotiation of multilingual identity amongst heritage language learners in the context of educational institutions. Within this area of study, I focus most strongly on Hispanic and Eastern European émigré communities in the United States. Putting theory into practice, I currently work with the Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages and the Language Policy Research Network at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC.
Heritage language learners (HLLs) are students with a family language different from the majority language. I will investigate a school that has successfully integrated HLLs to uncover what methods are leading to their success.