Whitney Chappell

Associate Professor, Interim Department Chair, Modern Languages and Literatures

Whitney Chappell



Originally from the Chicago area, Whitney Chappell earned her B.A. in Spanish and English at the University of Illinois, her M.A. in English (Linguistics) at Northern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics at the Ohio State University. She moved to San Antonio to work at UTSA in 2013 and fell in love with the bilingual and bicultural character of the city (although she does not love the summer heat). She enjoys teaching classes related to sociolinguistics and variation, and her research explores how Spanish speakers negotiate their identities and map others in social space using variable pronunciations. On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, jogging, and listening to podcasts (recommendations always appreciated).


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