I was born in Ponferrada (Spain) and completed my university studies in the University of León (Spain). I have been teaching at Princeton University (USA) since Fall 2005.
Before joining the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Princeton University, I taught Semantics, General Linguistics, and Spanish language courses at the University of León. I also spent one year in Hungary working as lecturer in Spanish language and culture at the Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium (Debrecen).
While completing my doctoral dissertation, I was visiting a student at K.U. Leuven (Belgium) and THEDEL (Laboratoire Théorie et Description Linguistique), Paris (France).
I have published articles on linguistic relativism, semantic motivation, and pragmatics of irony. More recently I collaborated in the collective book “Dime cómo ironizas y te diré quién eres: una aproximación pragmática a la ironía” (Frankfurt, Peter Lang, 2009).
As director of the Spanish Language Program at Princeton, currently I am working in curriculum design and teacher training. I am also interested in classroom research, critical discourse analysis and the cultural outcomes of study abroad programs.
In my scarce spare time, I consume books, movies and music, and occasionally contribute short stories and literary reviews to online magazines and blogs.
I am married and have two little children, Sophia and Gabriel.