Assistant Professor of Spanish
Laura Guglani received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). She also holds a M.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Nazareth College of Rochester. Her teaching and research interests include Spanish language maintenance and transmission in the United States, Spanish linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contact, bilingualism, bilingual and multicultural education, and TESOL.
Prior to her arrival at USM, Dr. Guglani taught Spanish at the University at Buffalo, Roberts Wesleyan College and Macon State College. She has also taught Spanish, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and Bilingual Education at the elementary and secondary school (K-12) levels.
Her current research focuses on Spanish language maintenance in the United States. It considers the impact of societal, community, and personal factors on the prospects of maintaining the Spanish language and passing it on to future generations. It attends, in particular, to the role religious institutions play in supporting language maintenance efforts. Dr. Guglani’s research takes an interdisciplinary approach, integrating qualitative and quantitative, sociolinguistic and ethnographic methods. She has presented at a number of national and regional conferences.