Dr. Cecilia Montes-Alcalá received her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She joined the Georgia Tech faculty in 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Spanish & Linguistics in the School of Modern Languages.
A specialist in sociolinguistics, bilingualism and languages in contact, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics as well as presented her work at national and international conferences. Her recent publications include “Socio-Pragmatic Functions of Codeswitching in Nuyorican and Cuban American Literature” (Spanish-English codeswitching in the Caribbean and the U.S., Eds. Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo et al. John Benjamins, 2016), “Code-Switching in US Latino Literature: The Role of Biculturalism” (Language and Literature 24.3: 2015), “iSwitch: Spanish-English Mixing in Computer-Mediated Communication” (Journal of Language Contact 9: 2015), “Español en el Sureste de EEUU: el papel de las actitudes lingüísticas en el mantenimiento o pérdida de la lengua,” co-authored with Lindsey Sweetnich (Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana 12.1: 2014), and “El uso contextual del pronombre sujeto como factor predictivo de la influencia del inglés en el español en Nueva York,” co-authored with Naomi Lapidus Shin (Sociolinguistic Studies 8.1: 2014).
Dr. Montes-Alcalá has received research support from CIBER, the Georgia Tech Foundation, and Ivan Allen College among other funding sources and she also holds a number of awards from Emory University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).
Her teaching interests include courses in bilingualism, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and Spanish culture and history. She is currently co-director of the LBAT summer program in Spain.