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Professor of Spanish/Modern Languages and Literatures Women's & Gender Studies

Isabel Velázquez is Harold E. Spencer Professor in Modern Languages and Literatures. Her current research focuses on linguistic maintenance and loss among Latinx families in the Midwest.

Selected publications related to WGS

Family Letters. On the Migration from Jesusita to Jane (2019). This digital archive preserves, digitizes, analyzes and makes public a collection of the correspondence and other personal documents of a Mexican American family that migrated from the state of Zacatecas, Mexico, to the states of Colorado and Nebraska during the first half of the twentieth century

Velázquez, I. (2018). Household perspectives on minority language maintenance and loss: Language in the small spaces. Multilingual Matters.

Velasco, J. I., Velázquez, I., & Avelar, J. (2018). From Jesusita to Jane: Personal names, self-presentation and digital preservation of Mexican American experience in the US Midwest. Revista de Humanidades Digitales, 2, 49-76.

Velázquez, I., Garrido, M., & Millán, M. (2014). Heritage speakers of Spanish in the US Midwest: reported interlocutors as a measure of family language relevance. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, (ahead of print), 1-18.

Velázquez, I. (2014). Maternal attitudes toward Spanish transmission in the US Midwest: a necessary but insufficient condition for success. Sociolinguistic Studies, 7(3), 225‐248.

Velázquez, I. (2014). Maternal perceptions of agency in intergenerational transmission of Spanish: The case of Latinos in the US Midwest. Journal of Language, Identity & Education. 13(3), 135-152.


  • SPAN 491/891 Spanish in Contact with Other Languages
  • SPAN 486/886 Spanish in the US: Variation and Contact
  • SPAN 491/891 Heritage Speaker Pedagogy
  • TEAC 815J Teaching Spanish in the Content Areas
  • SPAN 304 Advanced Writing
  • SPAN 300A Advanced Writing and Reading for heritage speakers of Spanish



Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

Areas of Specialization

Sociolinguistic Variation

Hispanic Linguistics

Bilingualism and Language Acquisition

Heritage Speaker Pedagogy

Language Contact on the U.S./Mexico Border

Role of Language in Identity Formations of US Latin@s