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Laura Villa is an Assistant Professor of Spanish with a specialization in Hispanic Linguistics.
Dr. Villa received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from The Graduate Center (CUNY) in 2010. Her publications, which have appeared in journals such as Language Policy or RILI, have focused on language ideological debates surrounding the promotion of Spanish in Brazil and on recent editions of the Royal Spanish Academy's Ortografía. She has also contributed chapters to books published by Routledge and Cambridge University Press on the international promotion of the Spanish language and the interface between language standardization and nation-building in Spain in the mid-nineteenth century. In 2015 she co-edited (together with Rik Vosters) a special issue of the journal Written Language and Literacy on spelling conflicts. She is also editor of Anuario de Glotopolítica

Dr. Villa is currently working on a book on the language ideological debate that surrounded the officialization of the Royal Spanish Academy's spelling norms in 1844 in Spain, as well as its connections with other linguistic and political conflicts in Spain and Latin America both in the mid-nineteenth century and in the present. Dr. Villa is also interested in critical approaches to the configurations of language norms in education and issues of inequality, particularly with the teachnig of Spanish for heritage speakers in the US.
Dr. Villa teaches a broad range of classes, from elementary language courses to graduate seminars. At QC she has applied critical pedagogy to language courses, in particular to heritage language courses, and taught a variety of classes on Hispanic Linguistics, including "Sociolinguistics and Dialectology," "History of the Spanish Language," and "Spanish in the US."
Dr. Villa serves as Spanish Language Coordinator.​

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