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Corvallis, OR 97331
Associate Professor of Language, Culture & Society

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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On research sabbatical until Spring 2020

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Adam, originally from Los Angeles, California, joined the faculty in the School of Language, Culture & Society in 2013. His research specializes in Spanish language education in the U.S. and U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and constructions of culture, borders, foreignness, race and privilege both in and outside classrooms. He has taught Spanish at the middle school, high school and university levels. Adam 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. In addition, Adam held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University of Texas-Pan American, serving as an assistant director and educational consultant for the Medical Spanish for Heritage Learners program.


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Adam’s primary specialties include second language learning/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. His regular rotation of courses includes:

  • SPAN 111/112/113: First-Year Spanish
  • SPAN 320: Spanish Conversation
  • WLC 301: Introduction to World Language and Culture Studies
  • SPAN 456/556: 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
  • SPAN 470/570: Advanced Spanish Learning Community (not currently offered)
  • LING 499/545: Methods & Materials for Second Language Acquisition (not currently offered)



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