Assistant Professor of Spanish
Laurel Abreu joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2009, after completing her doctorate in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Florida. She holds an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics also from the University of Florida and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Abreu teaches intermediate and advanced undergraduate Spanish courses, as well as graduate courses in Spanish and linguistics for the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages program. Her research has centered on Puerto Rican Spanish; she also studies second language acquisition from a variationist approach. Her most recent projects have focused on the creation of community among language learners through social media tools, and the pedagogy of linguistics. She has presented frequently at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, and her work was recently published in the Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium. Dr. Abreu served as co-director of the Spanish in Spain summer program in Madrid in 2011.