Spring 2014

Looking back on my list from Fall 2013 gives me a sense of accomplishment. It was a whirlwind semester, but I am happy to say that I got through it. It is funny how the start of the new semester makes me realize that I haven't updated this page in months.

Spring 2014 is shaping up to be less busy in terms of travel, but I am excited to be presenting twice in March, once on campus and once abroad.

I am looking forward to attending the 8th meeting of the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA8) in Vancouver this summer. You can find out more about the conference here: http://www.igala8.com

I am creating and teaching a new version of one of the Spanish program's culture & civilization survey course this semester focusing on U.S. Latina/os from a critical race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality approach. It promises to be a lot of work, but I'm inspired by the chance to reach out to mostly non-
Spanish majors with a goal of broadening their understanding of Latina/o experiences and cultural expression in the U.S. and their knowledge about the historical roots of current demographic realities, as well as deepening their comprehension of racial and ethnic diversity and institutional racism in the United States.

I am also filling in for a colleague this semester as Interim Department Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, which promises to be a challenging and rewarding experience, after which I will be thrilled to enjoy my first sabbatical in 14 years of teaching.

Of course, I'm still plugging away on my book manuscript, and I'm so pleased that the writing accountability group founded by my colleague Prof. Courtney Marshall is getting back together this semester after a break. The members of this group--Maya, Laura, Cristy, Siobhan and Courtney--are responsible for encouraging me to write the proposal for the book and apply for a Center for the Humanities Fellowship at UNH. I am so so thankful that I'll have this support to see me through the completion of the manuscript.

Busy Fall/Autumn

I have finished week two of the Fall 2013 semester, and it is shaping up to be a really busy one! I am taking my turn as coordinator of the Spanish & Portuguese Program in my department and I was elected to the university's faculty senate, too. In addition to those adventures in administration and faculty governance, I'll be doing a fair amount (for me, anyway) of presenting. Here is a list:

  • Colloquium talk (with Chase Wesley Raymond), Dept. of Communication (UNH), Sept. 24
  • Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) in New Brunswick, NJ, Sept 26-28
  • Brown bag talk, Women's Studies Program (UNH), Oct. 17
  • New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT) in Manchester, NH, Oct. 25-26
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Chicago, IL, Nov. 20-24
  • Talk at the new Language in Context Lab at University of Illinois - Chicago, Nov. 22

I am looking forward to getting feedback on my projects from different audiences and, when I'm not presenting, working on my book manuscript.

UPDATE: Queer, Latina/o & Bilingual: A critical sociolinguistic ethnography

I am pleased to announce that I have signed a contract with Routledge for my book titled Queer, Latina/o & Bilingual: A critical sociolinguistic ethnography. It will be part of the Routledge series Critical Studies in Multilingualism, edited by Marilyn Martin-Jones. For more information on the series and other books (published and forthcoming), please click HERE. I am so honored to be included alongside the series' other authors and editors, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to spend the next 12-18 months writing and revising a book that I hope will have an impact.

Queer, Latina/o & Bilingual: a critical sociolinguistic ethnography (May 2013)

On my last day of fieldwork in Phoenix
January 2013
I have (finally!) sent out the book proposals for my new book, tentatively titled Queer, Latina/o & Bilingual: a critical sociolinguistic ethnography based on my research in Phoenix. I have just finished a complete draft of chapter 1, and I will begin chapter 2 as soon as I return from my next trip to Phoenix in mid-June. I will keep busy so as to not think too much about waiting to hear back from the presses. Of course, I am extremely grateful to the National Science Foundation for their support for the project and UNH's Center for Humanities for the teaching release this past semester (Spring 2013), which allowed me the focused time to develop the proposal and write the first chapters.


Here is a brief synopsis:
This book is a sociolinguistic ethnography of gay and lesbian Latinas/os in Phoenix, Arizona, a major metropolitan area in the U.S. Southwest. The main focus of the books is to examine participants' conceptions of their ethnic and sexual identities and how identities influence (and are influenced by) language practices. The project questions the view of ethnicity and sexual identity as two separate binaries with distinct absolute endpoints (e.g. Latino-Anglo, straight-gay) and questions the universality of the trajectory implied (i.e. acculturation, coming out) by examining people living at the intersection of the two imagined lines and the mutability/manipulation of their sexual and ethnic identities in interaction. 

And a chapter outline:

Chapter 1. Introduction: Locating a Queer Latina/o Phoenix
Chapter 2. Being Latino/a and Queer in Phoenix
Chapter 3. Becoming a Queer Latina/o
Chapter 4. Queer Latina/o Networks, Language and Identity
Chapter 5. Doing Queer Latinidad in Interaction
Chapter 6. Conclusion: Making a Queer Latino Community

Somos Family Mural Project

Envisioning an LGBTQ & Mexican/Chicano/Latino mural
in Phoenix meeting (24 January 2013)
As I finish up my fieldwork, I am very excited to be embarking on a new phase of the project, working with a creative group of folks in Phoenix, Arizona to create a mural about what it means to be queer and Mexican/Chicano/Latino in this place at this time. My hope is that this project will bring community members together in dialogue and with a common purpose -- creating a public art project that says 'aquĆ­ estamos y no nos vamos' and 'somos family/we are familia'. The following link will take you to a request for proposals and a more detailed description of the project: Somos Familia RFP

Blogging at the intersection of language & LGBTQ

HuffPost Gay Voices - 8 January 2013
It has been such a privilege to appear as a guest on HuffPost Live on a few occasions with host Alicia Menendez, bringing my sociolinguistics perspective to issues as varied as speakers of languages other than English in disaster preparedness and relief in the U.S. to whether or not children should be taught euphemisms for certain body parts. After a recent segment on the term 'homophobia', I was honored to be invited to write a piece for The Huffington Post's Gay Voices blog. You can find my posts archived here. Please visit, read and comment if you are interested; like and share, if you are so inclined.