Alicia is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, studying Hispanic Linguistics. Originally from California, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and in Spanish Language & Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and then a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her academic interests are sociolinguistics, language variation and change, bi- and multilingualism, and morphological integration and phonological shifts during code-switching and language interplay. Her research centers on contact zones, how languages affect each other when co-existing, and what kinds of innovative features emerge as a result. Alicia speaks English and Spanish, with varying levels of Portuguese, Catalan, Basque, French, and Romanian. Her other interests include ska and punk shows and calquing between languages.