Dr. Ana Maria Carvalho is a Professor of Portuguese and Spanish Linguistics. She completed her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1998, with a specialization in sociolinguistics. She is the Director of the Portuguese Language Program and the Graduate Advisor and affiliated faculty of the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT). She is interested in the fields of sociolinguistics, languages in contact, and bilingualism. In these fields, she carries out research mainly related to language variation and change. She is especially intrigued by the development of parallel variable grammars in situations of prolonged language contact on borderlands. She welcomes students in her classes and in her office who share the same research interests.She also welcomes students interested in linguistic attitudes, language ideology, code-switching, sociolinguistic corpus building, and the application of LVC methods to language and dialect acquisition. When not working she is enjoying family life, yoga, fiction, traveling, and cooking.