Ariana Mikulski earned her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition at the University of Iowa. She specializes in heritage language acquisition of Spanish, focusing on college-level learners and preschoolers. Her current research interests include the acquisition of the Spanish subjunctive; the writing behaviors of college-level heritage learners; and the linguistic, academic and social development of Spanish-English bilingual preschoolers. Her publications have appeared in The Modern Language Journal, Heritage Language Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and Hispania. Since joining the faculty at Penn State in 2012, she has taught special topics courses in applied linguistics and bilingualism, courses within the Intermediate Language Program, and an online course for heritage learners.