Ph.D Students


Nohora A. Arrieta Fernandez


Tyler Bergin

Chrissy Bistline-Bonilla  

Chrissy Bistline-Bonilla holds a B.A. in Spanish from Temple University (2011). During her time at Temple, Chrissy spent a semester at the Universidad de Oviedo in Northern Spain. She also has spent time in Argentina and Mexico. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Chrissy lived and worked in New York City for three years. Her areas of interest currently include bilingualism, second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, spending time with friends and family and playing with her dog.


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Allison Caras graduated from Gettysburg College in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish minor. She worked in a five-star resort in Laguna Beach, California, for three years before returning to academia. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation at American University in 2012 and entered the PhD program in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown that fall. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, going to concerts, and jogging.


Y. Botello

Yoel Castillo Botello received a B.A. in Spanish with minors in French and Latin American Studies from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 2010. His interests primarily deal with gender relations and cultural anxiety in Peninsular literary and artistic phenomena. During his undergraduate studies, Yoel conducted research on various subjects, such as bilingualism and gender performance in the muwashshah poetic tradition of al-Andalus, ekphrasis aesthetics and feminism in the Spanish avant-garde, and the sexual politics of flamenco arts. At Georgetown, Yoel is a doctoral student in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies and his avenues of interest continue to expand through more in-depth exposure to performance studies, bilingual and transatlantic narratives, comparative literature, critical theory, and ethnography. He is a native of Manzanillo, Cuba; and has also lived in Spain, where he studied translation, literature, and music at the Universidad de Granada (2009). Yoel enjoys dancing, independent cinema, and good coffee. His newest passion is the Portuguese language.


Ines Corujo Martin is a Ph.D. student in the Literature and Cultural Studies Program. Her research interests include gender studies, transatlantic studies, and 19th-21st century Spanish literature and culture. In particular, her dissertation project examines, from a transnational perspective, the representation of gender and modernity in Spain and post-colonial Latin America through the lens of fashion and material culture. Inés holds several degrees from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid including: B.A. in Hispanic Philology (2009), M.A. in Teaching Spanish Language and Culture (2010), and M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature (2011). While at the Universidad Complutense, she studied abroad at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Her interest in teaching Spanish led her to pursue a master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language with a concentration in applied linguistics from the Instituto Cervantes-UIMP (2012). Prior to attending Georgetown University, Inés taught at public high schools in Madrid and, in 2011, received a Fulbright scholarship to teach Spanish at the University of St. Thomas, MN. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Abel Cruz Flores Abel Cruz received his B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Portland State University in Oregon, USA. While in Oregon, Abel started working for Calico Spanish®, a Spanish language program for elementary students both in schools and at home. Upon his graduation from PSU, Abel moved to Tucson, Arizona to finish his M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics. Abel is a first year Ph.D. student in Spanish Linguistics at Georgetown. His interests include theoretical syntax in the tradition of generative grammar (and its most recent incarnation: the Minimalist Program), psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. In his spare time, Abel enjoys running and exploring new restaurants and Tequila bars in the DC area. Abel is originally from Jalisco, Mexico, and thus, his interests for studying the nature of Agave azul/verde Tequilero.


Jafte Dilean Robles Lomeli

Gabriela DeRobles

Antonio Diaz Oliva

Angela Donate received a BA in English Linguistics and Literature from the University of Oviedo in Northern Spain in 2009. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad at Sheffield University in the United Kingdom for one year. She earned two Masters’ Degrees in her postgraduate time in Spain – in Teacher Training at the University of Oviedo in 2010, and in Advanced English Studies at the University of Salamanca, 2011. Prior to her time in Georgetown, Angela was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and taught Spanish at Wabash College until 2012. Some of her research interests are second language acquisition, bilingualism, psycholinguistics, task-based language teaching, and second language writing.

Lucia Donatelli  

Lucia E. Donatelli is a first year PhD candidate in Spanish Linguistics. Originally from New Mexico, she received her BA in Hispanic Literature and Culture from Brown University, and her MA in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At Georgetown she plans to focus her research on psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and syntax. She is also excited to begin studying Arabic. Lucia has spent extensive time studying and working in Spain, and she enjoys swimming, playing soccer, and singing.

Meagan Driver Meagan Y. Driver received her B.A. in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Spanish from New York University in 2011. During her time at NYU, she held internships at Univision and with the interpreters’ office of the Federal Court in the Southern District of New York. After teaching Chemistry and ESL in New York City, she lived and worked in Buenos Aires for a time before moving to Madrid to receive a M.A. in 2015 from New York University Madrid in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic Studies. Her research interests are in prosody and pragmatics in second language acquisition and study abroad. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, music, and reading.


Ivan Espinosa Orozco


Xabier Fole Varela


Natalia Curto Garcia-Nieto


Ross Karlan  

Ross M. Karlan graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Hispanic Studies and Cinema Studies, and a minor in Art History. During his time at Penn, he studied abroad in Buenos Aires and conducted research on contemporary Latin American art at the Venice Biennale. Ross' current research focuses on Medieval Spanish literature. He also has a passion for the films of David Lynch, James Bond, and is a magician.

Cristi Killingsworth received her B.A. in Spanish from Illinois State University in 2013. During her time there, she spent a year at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru where she took her first linguistics classes and decided to continue her studies. Her main interest is second language acquisition. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, exploring the city and spending time with friends.


Montserrat Lau Montserrat Castellá Serrés Lau graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Spanish. While at Wittenberg she started a Spanish column in The Torch, the Student’s Newspaper. She earned a M.A. at Ohio University in 2007. Montserrat presented “Burgeses y tenderos: El auca del senyor Esteve de Santiago Rusiñol” at Ohio State University (2006), and  “El amante bilingüe: Amor, deseo y fisura en la España de la Transición” at Oregon State University (2007). At Georgetown she is pursuing her PhD in Early Modernity Spanish Literature and presented “Ana de San Bartolome: Florecimiento y difusion Teresina en Francia y los Paises Bajos at The Renaissance Society of America (2014). She enjoys books, tertulias, acting, music, theater, arts & crafts and architecture.


T. McCormick  

Tim McCormick Timothy McCormick graduated from the University of Scranton in 2013 with degrees in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a minor in History and Italian.  During his time as an undergraduate, Tim collaborated in research investigating Spatial Practices in Women’s Letters from the Rio de la Plata during the 16th and 17th Centuries.  He studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico at La Universidad Iberoamericana – Puebla where his interest in linguistics took flight.  He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics, with interests spanning the history of Spanish to sociolinguistics to second language acquisition.  In his spare time, Tim enjoys reading, exploring new cities, watching movies and just spending time with friends and family.  Tim was also on his college Diving team and hopes one day to be able to coach.

A. Martin  

Alexandra Martin Alexandra Martín graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with a degree in Translation and Interpreting in 2008. During her undergraduate studies, she obtained a scholarship to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. She then taught Spanish to secondary school students in London, England, for two years. In 2011 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach Spanish at Bard College, NY. In 2013 she obtained a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language from the Universidad de Salamanca. Her main research interests are second-language acquisition and the development of the communicative competence in students. Her personal interests include watching foreign movies, exercising and travelling. She also loves to take part in study abroad and language immersion programs.

Valeria Meiller

J. Mendez

 Jorge Méndez Seijas completed a Bachelor's degree in Spanish-American Language and Literature at the Universidad de los Andes (ULA) in Venezuela, and a Master's degree in Phonetics and Phonology at CSIC-UIMP in Spain, where he specialized in L1/L2 acquisition and learning of the phonetic-phonological component. He has collaborated with the Phonetics Group of Investigation at the Phonetics Lab at the ULA and interned at the Phonetics Lab at the Universitat de Barcelona, in Spain. Jorge was a lecturer at Princeton University in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from 2010-2013. There, he taught language classes at all levels of proficiency, and also advanced composition and conversation classes. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and reading.

C. Moorman

Colleen Moorman graduated from Georgetown University in 2007 with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Biology. She then taught Spanish to middle school students in Rockville, MD for three years before returning to Georgetown to pursue her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics. Her interests are in second language acquisition, bilingualism, and neurolinguistics. In her free time, Colleen enjoys running half-marathons, dancing, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends.



Filipe Pereira De Jesus Flores

Alfredo Poggi


Daniel Riggs


Monica S. Simorangkir


Willyam Thums received his B.A. in Portuguese and English Language and Literatures from the Faculdade Porto-Alegrense (2009) in Brazil. During the academic year of 2012-13, he taught Portuguese, and Brazilian Literature and Culture at Michigan State University, where he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar. He also holds a M.A. in Brazilian Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of New Mexico (2015). His primary research interests deal with violence, historical trauma, and nostalgia in contemporary Brazilian and Mozambican narratives. Italian is his new language. French next. During his free time, Will enjoys swimming, painting, and writing short stories.

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William Travers  

Will Travers  is a Massachusetts native with a BA from the University of Michigan.
After a decade of struggle, culminating in a year spent studying at Sciences Po in Paris, he finally acquired French, his first foreign language. The relative ease with which he later learned Spanish, following a summer in Granada, led him to suspect that subsequent foreign languages are very often learned in an entirely different way. It was this budding fascination with L3 acquisition and its facilitating factors that compelled him to begin a PhD program at Georgetown in 2014. When not studying linguistics or learning his next language, he can be found either making music or working on
Lokashakti, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2009 to promote nonviolence.


M. Vallin

Mónica Vallin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Literature. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in Spanish Language Literature from Columbia University. Prior to attending Georgetown, Mónica worked as a Spanish and Literature teacher at private schools in New York and Virginia. Her research interests include the Colonial Period in Mexico and the Andes, as well as the discourses of identity and popular culture in Latin America. Mónica's PhD student identity hides an avid cook, dancer and yogini who spends time in faraway lands whenever possible.

Ivan Gabriel Villarroel graduated with a degree in Social Communication from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, in 2008. He worked as a journalist for a number of magazines and a college radio, writing mainly about music and cinema. He holds an MA degree in Literary Studies from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His main field of interest is inter-textuality and 20th century Latin American writers.


Veronica Zacipa


J. Zalbidea  

Janire Zalbidea is a PhD student in Spanish Applied Linguistics. She holds a B.A. in English Studies from the University of Deusto and an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Janire's main research interests include the relationship between cognitive and psychosocial individual differences and second as well as heritage language development. She is also interested in the roles of tasks in instructed SLA and in technology-enhanced language learning.


Celia Zamora Celia Chomón Zamora graduated from Florida International University with a BA in English Literature and Asian Studies in 2006, and later returned for her Master's in Linguistics in 2011. She taught English literature and Japanese at both the middle and high school levels in Miami, Florida. Prior to attending Georgetown, she participated in internships in Italy teaching English, as well as at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), where she was a part of the Alliance for the Advancement for Heritage Languages, and is currently the Spanish Language Representative. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics, with a concentration in heritage speakers and depth of processing with concurrent measures. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and son.