Angela Swain

Angela Swain
Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish

350 Burrowes

Office Hours: M 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Office), T 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Zoom)

Angela Swain Profile


PhD, Hispanic Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
MA, Hispanic Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Spanish, specialization in Spanish Education; Seton Hill University

Research Interests:

Spoken word recognition, Sociophonetic variation, Spanish-English codeswitching


Angela works as an Assistant Teaching Professor of Spanish at Penn State University. She completed her doctoral studies in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, where she defended her dissertation ‘Cross-Dialectal Phonetic Variation and Lexical Encoding: Evidence from /s/ Perception in Seville Capital.’ Angela has several active lines of research across various subfields of Hispanic Linguistics, some of which include exploring the impact of social variants on spoken word recognition in different varieties of Peninsular Spanish and observing Spanish-English codeswitching in bilinguals.

While completing her PhD, Angela also worked as a Spanish Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and independently taught nine Spanish classes (e.g., SPAN 101, 102, 103, 104, Advanced Spanish Conversation, Overview of Spanish Linguistics). Prior to her instructional experience at Pitt, she completed a semester of student teaching at Greensburg Salem High School as part of her undergraduate degree requirements. Angela implements a full-immersion model in all of her classes in which Spanish is exclusively spoken. She enjoys creating a comfortable atmosphere for students that is conducive to their learning and producing Spanish.


Berríos, J., Swain, A., & Fricke, M. (2023). Implementing the map task in applied linguistics research: What, how, and why. Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 2(3), 1-13.

Swain, A., Berríos, J., & Kanwit, M. (2023). Exploring future-in-the-past variation in Seville and Caracas: ¿Cambiaría o iba a cambiar? In S. Fernández Cuenca, T. Judy, & L. Miller (Eds.),Innovative Approaches to Research in Hispanic Linguistics (pp. 58-80). John Benjamins.