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Laura Callahan

Laura Callahan
Laura Callahan

Visiting 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

  • Endangered and Heritage Languages: Issues in Maintenance and Revitalization
  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • Introduction to Spanish Phonology
  • Language and Identity
  • Language and Intercultural Communication
  • Language and Linguistics: Introduction to the Scientific Study of Language
  • Linguistic and Cultural Issues in Teaching Spanish
  • Linguistic Approaches to Literature
  • Spanish Advanced Grammar
  • Spanish as a Foreign or Second Language
  • Spanish Composition
  • Spanish Conversation
  • Spanish Dialectology and Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish for Heritage Learners
  • Spanish in Contact in the United States
  • Spanish in Contact Worldwide
  • Spanish Morphology and Syntax
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology


  • 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

  • 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.