Visiting Instructor

Neill Hall 303
Telephone: 651-696-6390

Abby is currently in the Hispanic, Lusophone Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics PhD program at the University of Minnesota (ABD) studying sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Her dissertation research investigates how learners of Spanish express linguistic complexity and accuracy in their oral Spanish and how these variables may change over time and by discourse function and type of interaction. Her other research interests include bilingualism and language contact (especially on social media) as well as heritage language learning.

Outside of her academic interests, Abby enjoys cooking, baking and being active—she's a 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo and assists her spouse's kettlebell classes. She was also a Certified Veterinary Technician in a former life, which means she shares her life with a least a few critters at all times. Currently, she has two Pugs who participated in dog shows before their retirement, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and a cat who believes she is really a dog.

BA: Spanish Studies, University of Minnesota
MA: Hispanic Linguistics, University of Minnesota
PhD (ABD, expected 2014): Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, University of Minnesota