Kathleen Guerra

Kathleen Sigrid Guerra

Teaching Assistant Professor, Spanish

  • Faculty

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

Guerra, K. S. (2023). Context-specific use and ideology: Perception of appropriate domains for dar + gerund. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone linguistics.
Guerra, K. S. (2023). Metalinguistic Discourse and Dialect Performance: Perception and Negotiation of Ecuadorian Andean Identity Expressed through Dar + Gerund on Twitter. Spanish in context.
Guerra, K. S., & Bradley, T. G. (2022). Phonological and Phonetic Sspects of Sifeísmo in Quito Spanish. In R. Gomez, E. O'Rourke, & C. Garcia (Eds.), Ecuadorian Spanish in the 21st Century: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (pp. 227-250). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars.
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 Cognateness and Emotional Valence. In I. Mayrou, M. Perez Serrano, & J. M. Dewaele (Eds.), Recent Advances in Second Language Emotion Research. Pamplona, Spain: Editorial Aranzadi / Civitas.
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.