Kathleen Guerra

Kathleen Sigrid Guerra

Teaching Assistant Professor, Spanish

What I do

As a Teaching Assistant Professor of Spanish, I predominately design, coordinate and teach intermediate language courses. I strive to incorporate new and innovative approaches whenever possible to meet the needs of our students on the path to becoming bilingual participants of their communities.


Spanish Linguistics, applied sociolinguistics, second-language acquisition

Professional Biography

As a faculty member of the Department of Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies, my research and teaching focus on topics of applied sociolinguistics and second-language acquisition (SLA). My research in sociolinguistics centers specifically on how linguistic ideologies surrounding dialects of Spanish are constructed, perceived and negotiated. My research in the SLA encompasses different teaching methods, material design and presentation, with an emphasis on student-centered learning and inclusive practices.


  • BA, Art History, University of Oregon
  • MA, Spanish Language and Literature, Portland State University
  • Ph.D., Spanish Linguistics, University of California

Licensure / Accreditations

  • TESOL Certificate

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association Applied Linguistics

Featured Publications

Sánchez-Gutiérrez, C. H., Hoyos-Álvarez, C., Guerra, K. S., & Fernández-Mira, P. (2022). Emotional processing of Spanish words in L2 learners and heritage speakers: interactions between cog. In Recent advances in second language emotion research.
Guerra, K. S. (2019). Languages in contact: Grammaticalization and complexification in northern Andean gerundianismo . In E. Núñez-Méndez (Ed.), Bilingualism and Spanish in contact: Sociolinguistic case studies. New York, USA: Routledge.
Guerra, K. S., & Bradley, T. G. (2022). Phonological and phonetic aspects of sifeísmo in Quito Spanish. In Proceedings from the first symposium on Ecuadorian Spanish. .
Guerra, K. S. (2021). Metalinguistic Discourse and Dialect Performance: Perception and Negotiation of Ecuadorian Andean Identity Expressed through Dar + Gerund on Twitter. SPANISH IN CONTEXT.
Sánchez-Guitérrez, C. H., Llorente Bravo, M., Guerra, K. S., & Aguinaga Echeverría, S. (2022). It works in theory and in practice: A practical guide for implementing a TBLT beginner course. L2 Journal.