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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Laura Callahan

Laura Callahan

Senior Lecturer

Laura Callahan holds a B.A. and M.A. in Spanish from San José State University, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at San José State University, the University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State University, and The City College (CCNY) and Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).


Research Interests

Codeswitching and other contact phenomena; language, race, and identity; intercultural communication; heritage language maintenance; linguistic landscapes


Courses Taught at SCU
  • LEAD 101: LEAD Seminar for Transfer Students
  • Spanish 1 - 3: Introduction to Spanish & Spanish-Speaking Cultures I - II - III
  • Spanish 22EL: Immigration Stories
  • Spanish 103: The Structure of Spanish Words and Phrases
  • Spanish 176: Spanish and Latinx in the United States




  • Editor of Spanish and Portuguese across Time, Place, and Borders (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Author of Spanish and English in U.S. Service Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • Author of Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus (John Benjamins, 2004)

Recent Articles/Book Chapters

  • From Downtown to the Eastside: Languages other than English in a commercial linguistic landscape in California. International Journal of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest. 2021, 35-1: 51-75.

  • Intercultural communicative competence and Spanish heritage language speakers: an overview from the U.S., Australia and Europe. With Adriana R. Díaz. Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, Special Issue: Intercultural Communicative Competence in L2 Spanish: Theory, Practice and Teacher Training. Isabel Iglesias-Casal and Carmen Ramos Méndez, eds. 2020, 7-2: 150-162.

  • Interethnic communication and U.S. students of L2 Spanish. In L2 Spanish Pragmatics: From Research to Teaching. Domnita Dumitrescu and Patricia Lorena Andueza, eds. Routledge. 2018: 74-89.

Recent Book Reviews: