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Publishing in Spanish as a Heritage Language; Tips and insights from journal editors

Friday, May 14th, 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM EST

Panel organizer: Diego Pascual y Cabo (University of Florida)

Diego Pascual y Cabo, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, Director of Spanish Heritage Language Program & Research Lab, University of Florida

Diego Pascual y Cabo is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program at the University of Florida.  

His primary research interest is heritage speaker bilingualism, which he studies from a variety of perspectives: formal linguistic, socio-affective, and pedagogical. Over the past few years, his work on this topic has appeared in several edited volumes and scholarly journals, such as Applied Linguistics, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Heritage Language Journal, Hispania, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (among others). Diego is the editor of “Advances in Spanish as a Heritage Language” (published in 2016), and coeditor–along with Dr. Julio Torres–of “Aproximaciones al español como lengua de herencia”, which will be published in 2021. 

As testimony of his professional commitment to our field, in 2014, he founded the Symposium on Spanish as a Heritage Language, which has since become an annual event bringing together researchers, scholars, and practitioners (K-12 and higher education) from all over North America. Since 2019, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Spanish Heritage Language Journal. 

Andrew Lynch, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Miami and Editor in Chief, Heritage Language Journal

Andrew Lynch is a sociolinguist whose scholarship focuses on language in postmodernity, with emphasis on the situation of Spanish in the United States, the variation of Spanish in contact with other languages ​​throughout the world, and heritage language studies. He also researches cultural and literary production among the US Latinx population. He is editor of The Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City (2019) and co-author of El español en contacto con otras lenguas (Georgetown UP, 2009). His studies appear in volumes published by Georgetown UP, the University of North Carolina Press, John Benjamins, Routledge, Springer, and Instituto Cervantes, among others, and in journals such as HispaniaStudies in Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics, Language Sciences, Language and Linguistics Compass, and Foreign Language Annals. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Heritage Language Journal.

Elena Foulis, Senior Lecturer and Heritage Language Program Coordinator, The Ohio State University 

Dr. Elena Foulis  is a student-centered educator with over 15 years of experience in higher education. She holds B.A and M.A degrees in Spanish and Latin American Literature and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. Latina/o literature, Spanish for Heritage Learners, and Oral History. Foulis is an engaged scholar and is committed to reaching non-academic and academic audiences through her writing, presentations, and public humanities projects. Her e-books,  Latin@ Stories Across Ohio  and  Mi idioma, mi comunidad: español para bilingüe, have given her students key resources for understanding our Latina/o community’s rich heritage, and the complexity and diversity, and sometimes, structural and systematic inequalities that this community faces. She is also host and producer for the  Ohio Habla  podcast.  

Josh Prada, Assistant Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Josh Prada (MA, Birkbeck, University of London; PhD, Texas Tech University) is assistant professor of Spanish applied linguistics at Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. His work is in the interdisciplinary field of bi/multilingualism, with an emphasis on community/heritage/minoritized language speakers and translanguaging. Josh’s research program centers the application of critical and transdisciplinary lenses to advance how we research, educate, and think about multilingualism, and ultimately, about how we act as multilingual citizens in our superdiverse world. Josh has published on topics such as linguistic landscapes, multilingualism and emotions, social cognition, service-learning, program development, and teacher education. Josh is Associate Editor of the  Spanish as a Heritage Language Journal  (University of Florida Press), and Reviews Editor of the  International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism  (Taylor & Francis). 

Damián Vergara Wilson, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of New Mexico 

Damián Vergara Wilson is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Spanish as a Heritage Language program at the University of New Mexico’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His research areas include sociolinguistics, usage-based analysis of language and SHL. His recent work covers topics such as Perceptual Dialectology in New Mexico, Critical Language Awareness, and Ideologies in the SHL instructional context.  

Moderator: Diego Pascual y Cabo, University of Florida
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