Associate Professor of Spanish; Graduate Coordinator
B.A. (1999), Universidad de Deusto
M.A. (2003), University of Arizona
Ph.D. (2008), University of Maryland at College Park
About Dr. Ortega-Santos
Dr. Ivan Ortega-Santos is Associate Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures and Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Memphis. He completed his doctoral work in Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and holds an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Arizona. He is associate editor of the Hispanic Linguistics journal Borealis as well as board member of the local non-profit Indigenous Pastoral Relief
Teaching: He teaches courses in Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation and Legal Interpreting as well as Spanish, with an emphasis on breaking down language barriers in the city of Memphis while providing meaningful learning opportunities for students. His community engagement program, Comunidad901, designed to support local Hispanic-serving organizations, earned him a HARC Angel Award from the Highland Area Renewal Corporation, Inc. (HARC), Memphis.
Research: His areas of research include Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Dialectology and Language Access. In particular, he studies (i.) data collection standards in linguistic theory; (ii.) dialectal variation in Spanish; and (iii.) word order variation and the limits natural language imposes on it.
His book Focus-related Operations at the Right Edge in Spanish: Subjects and Ellipsis has been published by John Benjamins. His work has also appeared in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and Lingua (both Q1 journals in the Scimago Journal Rank), The Cambridge Handbook of Spanish Linguistics and the Routledge Handbook of Syntax. He is a Summer Research Stimulus Grant recipient and a collaborator in the international project 'Estructura informativa en su interfaz sintáctico-semántica: Comparación de lenguas románicas y germánicas (INFOSTARS)', PI: Ángel Luis JiménezFernández (Universidad de Sevilla), PCG2018-093774-B100, funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades, Spain.
You can visit his personal website here: https://blogs.memphis.edu/rtgsntos/