Laurel Abreu

Associate 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, in addition to graduate courses in Spanish and linguistics for the Master of Arts in the Teaching of Languages (MATL) program, where she serves as director. Her research has centered on Puerto Rican Spanish; she also studies second language acquisition from a variationist perspective. Her most recent projects have focused on the pedagogy of linguistics, as well as the creation of community among language learners through social media tools. She has presented her research at the Hispanic Linguistics Symposium, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention, the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), the Mississippi Foreign Language Association's Annual Conference, and the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning (ISETL). Her work has appeared in The Journal of Effective Teaching, the Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics SymposiumDimension, NECTFL ReviewHispania, and Foreign Language Annals

Dr. Abreu has served on numerous university, college, and departmental committees, including the Committee on Services and Resources for Women, Graduate Council, College Council in the College of Arts & Letters, and the Professional Education Council. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Spanish Club. She served as co-director of the Spanish in Spain summer program in Madrid in 2011.