I was "born and bred" in North Carolina (USA) where I took my first two undergraduate degrees (BA in Spanish Philology, BA in English Philology) from Wake Forest University. I then moved to Bolivia for several years, to finally end up in Spain in 1992 where I incorporated into the teaching faculty of the Department of English, specialising in foreign language teaching at the Faculty of Education. I took an MA in Education from Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) and finished up my PhD at the UAB in 2005 under the keen and insightful direction of Dr. Luci Nussbaum. Apart from teaching at the UAB, I have served as International Relations coordinator for the Education Faculty and have worked with the Institute de Ciències de l'Educació - UAB (Generalitat) for several years. Before coming to Spain I taught at the Universidad de San Andrés in La Paz, Bolivia and worked as Research Assistant at the Unidad de Análisis de Politícas Sociales i Económicas (UDAPE) which is part of Harvard University. I currently hold a Serra Húnter Fellowship as Senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of Teaching of Language, Literature and Social Sciences.
My research interests include (but are not limited to) category constructions of linguistic diversity, language awareness, network based collaborative learning, and social inequalities in education policies. Although the teaching and research takes up most of my time, in my free time I like to take part in open-water swimming competitions, read "airport" novels and go to the cinema (particularly film noir).