Associate Professor of Language, Culture & Society

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Kidder Hall 240

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2000 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Associate Professor of Language, Culture & Society
Associate Professor in World Languages and Cultures (Spanish)
Faculty, Linguistics

Ph.D., Language, Reading and Culture, University of Arizona (2009)
M.A., Education (Social Sciences in Education), Stanford University (2004)
B.A., Spanish/Sociology, University of California, Davis (2003)

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Adam (he/his/him/él), originally from Los Angeles, California, joined the faculty in the School of Language, Culture & Society in 2013. He is an applied linguist that specializes in the study of Spanish language education in the U.S. as a cultural practice, one in which larger social dynamics such as racialization and white supremacy make a persistent impact.

Adam has taught Spanish at the middle school, high school and university levels. He has also worked with pre-service teachers and undergraduates from various disciplines as an instructor of educational foundations courses. 

Prior to his arrival at OSU, Adam was an assistant professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of South Florida (2010-2013). In addition, Adam held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Texas-Pan American (2009-2010), serving as an assistant director and educational consultant for the Medical Spanish for Heritage Learners program.


Affiliated with: 
Sch Lang, Culture & Soc
OSU Main Campus
Courses Taught: 

Regular course offerings:

  • LING 201: Introduction to Language, Linguistics and Power
  • WLC 301: Introduction to World Language and Culture Studies
  • SPAN 350: Phonetics & Pronunciation
  • SPAN 351: Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 456: Spanish in the US
  • ANTH 350: Language, Culture & Society
  • ANTH/ES/WLC 159: Language, Race & Racism in the US: An Introduction
  • ANTH/ES/WLC 459/559: Language, Race & Racism in the US: Advanced Study
Research/Career Interests: 

Adam’s primary specialties include Spanish language education and Spanish-English multilingualisms in the U.S. His investigation of these topics is inspired by work in applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and ethnic/cultural studies. As such, he enjoys the chance to teach across programs within the School of Language, Culture & Society. 

Interested in taking linguistics classes? Contact Adam for further information about OSU's new LINGUISTICS program, housed in the School of Language, Culture & Society. 

Coming soon:

Schwartz, A., Magaña, D., Grammon, D., & Loza, S. (2024, projected). Aquí se habla: Centering the local and personal in Spanish language education. (Critical Approaches in Applied Linguistics Series). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Now available:

Schwartz, A. (2023). Spanish So White: Conversations on the Inconvenient Racism of a “Foreign” Language Education. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Additional publications (selected):

Wheeler, E. M., Schwartz, A. & Ramos Pellicia, M. (2022). "Language, identity, and racialization: A trio-ethnography of Spanish linguists," International Review of Qualitative Research,

Schwartz, A. (2019). “Language, mockery and racism: The case of Mock Spanish.” AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics) Briefs, accessible at

Schwartz, A. (2018). “Language and borders revisited: Colonizing language and deporting voice in Spanish class,” Critical Education, 9(6):1-22.

Schwartz, A. & Boovy, B. (2017). “Mapping monolingualism within a language/race cartography: Reflections and lessons learned from ‘WLC Day’,” L2 Journal, 9(1):1-20.

Schwartz, A. (2014). “Third Border talk: Intersubjectivity, power negotiation and the making of race in Spanish language classrooms,” International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 227:157-173.

Beyond OSU
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