Associate Professor of Language, Culture & Society, Oregon State University
Fields of Study
Spanish language education, Spanish in the U.S., language and racism
As a language teacher who aims to be critically reflective of pedagogy and student experiences, my research aspires to follow suit. I study secondary and post-secondary Spanish language education in the U.S., and in particular the ways in which culture, borders, foreignness, race and privilege are constructed both in and outside classroom spaces. I am an ethnographer and discourse analyst.
My book project in progress frames how Spanish language curricula designed for “native” speakers of English has traditionally dissociated from explicit discussions and treatments of race and racial identity. I analyze how such de-racialization constructs an institutional space that effectively protects a dominant culture of Whiteness (Hughey, 2010). Examples from popular adult and university-level education frame how Whiteness and White racism (Hill, 2008) appear in forms of classroom talk and instructional texts, along with interviews with students and educators. This research is designed to inform the development of language curricula that is both intentionally anti-racist (Casey, 2016; Flores & Chaparro, 2017; Rodriguez & Freeman, 2016) and responsive to a racially dynamic Spanish-speaking world. My work also intends to contribute to conversations with students and teachers about the ways in which language and race constitute each other in often ordinary, invisible ways.
Summer Quarter 2019 & Fall Quarter 2019
Postdoctoral researcher, Social Psychology, Tampere University
Fields of Study
Social psychology, interaction research, gender studies
I am a postdoctoral researcher from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, with a background in social psychology and the micro analysis of naturally occurring interactions. I have also carried out some work in the fields of discursive psychology, gender studies, ethnomethodology, and conversation analysis. My research interests include the study of gestures, affect, touch, and other forms of intercorporeal sociality in naturally occurring interactions. For my Ph.D. dissertation, I analyzed video-recorded interactions to study how tactile intercorporeality and subtle tactile communication emerge between mothers and their young children.
Continuing with similar topics, in my current research, I am studying the occurrence of touch, affect, and intimacy in different types of health-care encounters. Adopting video-recorded interaction data from general practitioners’ offices, prenatal clinics, and practical nurse–patient encounters, I am exploring how touch, affect, and intimacy unfold in these contexts and how they are adopted by the participants as practices of care and embodied communication. Closely related to this, my research interests also include studying how the robotization and technologization of health care influences how bodies interact with each other and are produced and perceived in health-care settings. To study this, I am analyzing video-recorded interactions in an experimental setting, where student practical nurses wear an exoskeleton—a robotic vest that provides human bodies with more power for lifting—to help an elderly patient move from a bed to a wheelchair. Combining video-recorded interactions with interviews and experimental data and comparing settings with and without an exoskeleton, I will investigate if the presence of an exoskeleton influences the subtlety of the embodied interaction between a practical nurse and a patient. Moreover, I am interested in how the embodied agency is distributed and experienced in the moments when a nurse wearing an exoskeleton touches and moves the patient’s