About the Author
Sandra B. Schreffler, PhD, a Spanish-English bilingual from Guatemala City, Guatemala, received her Masters in Spanish (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Houston and her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Florida (Gainesville). Currently, she is Associate Professor of Spanish and Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages, Philosophy and Classics at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, where she is also the advisor of the Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society, and a mentor for Spanish students participating in the university's Undergraduate Student Research program. She has also instituted a four-week study abroad program to Guatemala during which students are exposed to Mayan history, culture, and languages in order to expand their global perspective. Her own research interests include the effects of Spanish-English language contact, Spanish dialectology (with an emphasis on Mexico and Central America), gender speech and discourse analysis, linguistic exclusion, heritage language speakers, second language teaching and methods, and second language acquisition.