Associate Professor of Spanish Modern Languages & Literatures

Isabel Velázquez, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) M.A. in Spanish, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. Licenciatura en Comunicación, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. Her area of research includes Sociolinguistic variation, Hispanic linguistics, bilingualism and language acquisition, heritage speaker pedagogy, language contact on the U.S./Mexico border, and the role of language in identity formations of US Latina/os. Her current research focuses on linguistic maintenance and loss among Latino families in the Midwest.

Dr. Velázquez is faculty director for our Portuguese for speakers of Spanish program in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil Through the Lens of Language: Brazilian history, culture and society

We recently wrote a story about Dr. Velázquez for our "Spotlight" series. Read it here.

Committee Involvement at UNL:

  • Salary Merit Advisory Committee





  • SPAN 475/875. Advanced Translation for the Professions
  • SPAN 498/898. Spanish in the US: Variation and Contact
  • SPAN 498/898. Heritage Speaker Pedagogy
  • MODL 880. Applied Linguistics, Second Lang Teaching Methodology


  • SPAN 300-hs. Advanced Writing and Reading Comprehension. Special section for heritage speakers of Spanish
  • SPAN 304. Advanced Writing
  • SPAN 317. Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
  • SPAN 475. Advanced Translation for the Professions
  • SPAN 497. Sociolinguistics of Spanish

Ongoing Research

  • Family Letters: Digitization and Analysis of the Personal Correspondence of a Mexican American Family in Western CO and Eastern NE in the First Half of the 20th Century
  • Heritage Speakers in the Midwest Project
  • Patterns of Spanish Maintenance and Loss among Latino Families in Lincoln, NE

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