Naomi Shin

    Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
    Associate Professor, Linguistics

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Dr. 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

  • Bilingualism
  • Child Language Development
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Sociolinguistics

Country Specialization(s)

  • Mexico

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • SPAN 546 Seminar: Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • SPAN 352 Advanced Grammar
  • SPAN 549 Spanish Syntax: Development of Morphosyntax
  • SPAN 352 Spanish Grammar in Society