I am an Assistant Teaching Professor focused on teaching a variety of courses in Spanish and linguistics. I earned my dual-title Ph.D. in Spanish and Language Science from Penn State University. My research takes an interdisciplinary approach, investigating topics on bilingualism, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and languages in contact. I received an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics and three B.A. degrees in Spanish, Italian, and Global and International Studies. In addition to my academic experience, I have taken on administrative responsibilities, including leading the office of student engagement and intercultural learning within the Office of Global Programs. Whether at home or abroad, I am driven to work toward increasing global experiences and intercultural competency in the Penn State community.
As Director of Engaged Scholarship for the department, my mission is to develop transferable skills, expand professional opportunities, and enhance intercultural communication in our community. The engaged scholarship programs bring together students, faculty, and alumni across disciplines to connect and to develop our students into global leaders who will forge meaningful and diverse pathways.