Associate Professor of Spanish
Carmen is a native of Spain. She was born in Galicia but was raised in Andalucía in the city of Cádiz. After finishing high school, she wanted to come to the United States for college, but not knowing enough English, she decided to spend six months in London preparing for the TOEFL. Once in the United States she obtained a bachelor's degree in Translation and Interpretation and a master's in Spanish Linguistics and Literatures from Brigham Young University. Her Ph.D. is in Spanish Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
She started teaching language classes as an undergraduate in her junior year and fell in love with it. She has taught at Brigham Young, the University of Maryland European Division, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, and the SIT Graduate Institute. Carmen is enjoying her appointment at USM and loves her classes, her department, and the weather! Her research interests are varied, and at the present time, she is involved in projects on Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES), reflective teaching and learning, home language attrition and development, and service-learning.