Keeley is a MA student in Hispanic Linguistics and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is originally from Kansas, where she graduated with a BA in Spanish and a minor in International Studies from Wichita State University. During her undergraduate studies, Keeley worked as a research assistant for a study analyzing the language ideologies and societal context of Mexican Spanish speakers in West Kansas. She also spent some time volunteering as a medical interpreter for a safety net/learning clinic. During her undergrad, she additionally studied abroad for a semester at the University of Deusto in Spain. Following graduation, she worked abroad in Chile. Most recently, she became TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified and taught English to Chinese students for two years.
Keeley’s primary interests in linguistics include: language identity, language contact, code-switching, bilingualism, and second language acquisition.