Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Laura Callahan

Laura Callahan
Laura Callahan

Adjunct Associate Professor

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

  • Spanish as a Second Language
  • Spanish and Latinos in the U.S.: Race, Identity, and Inequalities
  • History of the Spanish Language
  • Modern Spanish Translation


  • 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

  • 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.
  • The importance of being earnest: Mock Spanish, mass media, and the implications for language learners. Spanish in Context. 2014, 11-2: 202-220.

  • Museums as a site for racialization and heritage language maintenance. Heritage Language Journal. 2014, 11-2: 98-122.