My research interests mainly focus on language ideologies and their impact on language policy, bilingualism, (im)migrants, and assessment. I am particularly interested in analyzing dominant ideologies within institutional settings such as the public education system.
Through my future research, I hope to (1) illuminate language ideologies and their various ramifications within society and (2) explore concrete solutions that attempt to lessen their harmful consequences.
My senior honors thesis asks the following questions:
How are student and teacher recollections of their experiences at a New Mexican high school indicative of dominant language ideologies subsisting in the school system?
How aware are students and teachers of any ideological leanings subsisting in their discussions?
Dr. Anna de Fina is advising this study.
Preliminary findings presented at:
Culture and Politics Thesis Conference, Georgetown University, October 25, 2018. Washington, DC.
‘Back 2 Good’
This study examines, through use of the linguistic landscape perspective, how accessible selected DC metro stations are in terms of language. It also takes into account the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) policies on language accessibility, as stated on their website. The DC area is home to a significant number of immigrants and refugees who are deemed limited English proficient (LEP) by the census. As a result, there is a clear demand for multilingual signage. However, out of 74 photos captured across eight different DC metro stations, only 16 (21.6%) contained signs that were multilingual. Moreover, a qualitative analysis of these images shows that the multilingual signage present was often lacking: at times missing pieces of information or heavily favoring the English translation. This points to the need for greater awareness of and commitments toward improving language diversity throughout the DC metro system.
Forthcoming. American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting, April 3-7, 2019. Washington, DC.
Initiative for Multilingual Studies Student Showcase, Georgetown University, March 16, 2018. Washington, DC.
‘Meaning in Media’
I have conducted significant research on the relationship between language and power in the HBO show Game of Thrones. Specifically, I focused on the complexity of the show's constructed languages (especially Valyrian), the impact of portraying linguistic issues in the media, and the gatekeeping capacities of interpreters in-show.
This presentation evaluates the world building capacities of Game of Thrones by 1) considering the complexity of High Valyrian, 2) analyzing a scene from the show that highlights linguistic issues, and 3) assessing whether fans are more aware of language-related issues in the real world as a result of watching the show. By doing this, the author attempts to better understand the impact of the media, as well as the importance of constructed languages in creating fictional worlds.
Colloquium for Social Sciences and Humanities, Georgetown University, April 13, 2018. Washington, DC.