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Naomi Shin

  • Associate Professor
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Linguistics

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Associate Professor Naomi Shin received an appointment at The University of New Mexico in 2012, where she currently holds a joint appointment in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Linguistics. She offers both undergraduate and graduate level courses, addressing topics such as the meanings of grammatical categories and constructions in Spanish and Spanish-English bilingualism. Shin specializes in Hispanic linguistics, bilingualism, and sociolinguistics, and her primary areas of research have centered on Spanish in the United States and how it is shaped by bilingualism and language contact, as well as the acquisition of Spanish. In 2017, Dr. Shin won the Women in STEM Research Award for her project, Minority language development: How do children acquire grammar when exposure to language is limited?


  • PhD in Linguistics, City University of New York Graduate Center (2006)
  • BA in English, Oberlin College (1994)

Research Areas

  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Bilingualism
  • Sociolinguistics

Latin American Studies Courses

  • SPAN 546 Seminar: Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • SPAN 352 Advanced Grammar
  • LING 554/ SPAN 549 Seminar: Spanish-English Bilingual

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*