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Claudia Holguin

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  • Title: Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Phone: 541-346-6984
  • Office: 421 Friendly Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Ethnic Studies


Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign,
M.A. in Spanish Linguistics,  New Mexico State University at Las Cruces,
B.A. in Linguistics, University of Texas at El Paso



-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia. Sociolinguistic Capital and Fresa Identity Formations  on the U.S.-Mexico Border / Capital sociolingüístico y formaciones de identidad fresa en la frontera entre México y los EE.UU. Frontera Norte. [In Press].

-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia, Davis, Robert L. & Weise, Julie. ‘La pedagogía crítica y las ciencias sociales: Estrategias para empoderar a los estudiantes de español como lengua de herencia y de L2. Hispania. [In Press].

-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia. 2017. Critical Language Awareness (CLA) for Spanish Heritage Language Programs: Implementing a Complete Curriculum. International Journal of Multilingualism. DOI: 10.1080/19313152.2017.1401445.

-Lucero, Audrey; Dorantes, Angel; Holguín Mendoza, Claudia; & Romero Montaño,Luz. 2017. Reforzando las Redes: Supporting Latina/o Undergraduates at a State Flagship University. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. 1-22.

-Holguin Mendoza, Claudia, Julia Oliver Raján, and Damián Vergara Wilson. 2017. Nuevas perspectivas hacia la enseñanza, preservación y mantenimiento del español como una lengua de herencia en los Estados Unidos. Hispanic Studies Review. 1: 1-9

-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia, Marco Shappeck, and María del Puy Ciriza-Lope. 2016. Vuelta en el español ecuatoriano y así en el español fronterizo mexicano: Usos subjetivos e intersubjetivos. Journal of Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.

-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia. 2015. Lengua y Género. In Enciclopedia de lingüística hispánica, Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed.). London/New York: Routledge Publishing Company.

-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia. 2015. Pragmatic Functions and Cultural Communicative Needs in the Use of ‘y yo’ and ‘así’ (‘be + like’) among Mexican Bilingual Youth. In Kim Potowski and Talia Bugel (Eds.), Papers in Honor of Anna María Escobar´s 25th anniversary at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. New York: Peter Lang.

-Escobar, Anna María, María del Puy Ciriza y Claudia Holguín Mendoza. 2012. Lengua e Identidad. En Pragmática lingüística del español, ed. por Mercedes Niño-Murcia y Susana de los Heros. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

-Holguín Mendoza, Claudia. 2012. Dining with the Devil: Identity Formations in Juarez, Mexico. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 18:5, 415-436.



This collection of activities based on Critical Pedagogies developed in the Spanish Heritage Language program at the University of Oregon, serves to introduce students to a range of concepts in sociolinguistics and critical inquiry into language ideologies. One of our main objectives in the ELS project is to provide students with opportunities to participate in current sociopolitical debates. This initiative fits within curricular models that integrate language learning with critical studies in culture and discourse. Heritage and L2 students are able to engage with material that emphasizes language variation, social dynamics of language use, and the historical contexts that generate them. This content makes the ELS initiative particularly relevant and motivating to Spanish Heritage learners.



In progress

  • 'Identity formations among Latinx students at UO', in collaboration with Luz Romero, Analysa Taylor, Audrey Lucero, and Angel Dorantes.


Winter 2018 SPAN 420/520 Critical Pedagogies for Spanish Language Teaching

Spring 2018 SPAN 420/520 Applied Sociolinguistics

Spring 2018 SPAN 428/528: Spanish Sociolinguistics in the US Borderlands,

SPAN 322: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics,

SPAN 308: Comunidades Bilingües,

SPAN 248: Spanglish as a US Community

SPAN 228 Latino Heritage II

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