Assistant Professor

Office: HMNS 2422


  • Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2011)
  • M.A.  New Mexico State University (2004)
  • B.A. University of Texas (1998)


Claudia Holguín Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Spanish linguistics. She obtained her MA at the New Mexico State University, Las Cruces in 2004, and her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2011.

Holguín Mendoza’s research is focused on the field of Sociolinguistics; specifically in the areas of socio-pragmatics and stylistic variation (emphasis on Mexican Spanish). Her focus in Spanish heritage language education encompasses critical pedagogical approaches, the interplay of identity and language, ideologies and representations of language, racial formations in the US, and the sociopolitics of language education.