Michael Woods

Continuing Instructor of Spanish

Michael Woods is a new faculty member at Willamette University and a Continuing Instructor in the Department of Spanish. He was born in Snohomish, WA and has traveled extensively throughout Central and South America. He holds a BA in Spanish from Western Washington University and a MA in Contemporary Latina/o Studies from Oregon State University. He recently arrived from the University of Mexico where he is finishing the requirements for the PhD program in Hispanic Linguistics. His fields of research include Spanish sociolinguistics, sociology of language, language attitudes and identity, Salvadorans in Oregon, and Spanish language education. He has published on Salvadoran and Honduran voseo; more specifically, second person singular pronoun choice (Woods & Rivera-Mills 2010), language attitudes (Woods & Rivera-Mills 2012), and linguistic predictor variables conditioning vos/ (Woods & Shin forthcoming). He is currently working on his dissertation tentatively titled: “Negotiating Salvadoran identities in Mexican-American spaces: Language and belonging in the Latin@ community of Salem, Oregon.” In addition, Michael also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras with the youth development program and is involved in the Oregon Cuban salsa community.