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Ph.D. Student in Spanish | Dey 319

At UNC Since 2020


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

BS Business Administration

BA Hispanic Linguistics


Samantha is currently studying for her dual degree at UNC: a MA in Linguistics and, once completed, a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics.  She is interested in L2 Spanish acquisition for native English speakers as well as the intersection between cognitive science and linguistics.  This is especially important as recent projections indicate that by 2060, the Hispanic population in the United States will be 119 million or 28.6% (US Census, 2017).  This will likely place the United States as home to the second largest Spanish speaking population in the world (Instituto Cervantes, 2015).  Additionally, she is excited to explore through interdisciplinary research engagements how Cognitive Hispanic Linguistics has implications on such emerging fields of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine.

After completing her undergraduate degree at UNC (Samantha is a proud Tar Heel!), Samantha moved to Seattle.  There she worked in Sales Strategy and Operations for a Fortune 500 tech company.

Samantha currently teaches Spanish 105 in the Romance Studies department.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 105