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Teresa Satterfield

Professor of Romance Linguistics; Department of Romance Languages & Literatures; Department of Linguistics; Combined Program in Education & Psychology (CPEP); Director, En Nuestra Lengua Literacy and Culture Project

Teresa Satterfield is a professor of romance linguistics affiliated with the University of Michigan’s Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Department of Linguistics, and Combined Program in Education and Psychology (CPEP). She also is the director of En Nuestra Lengua Literacy and Culture Project, which is a combined community-based Saturday Spanish-immersion literacy program, service learning experience, and research network that addresses the significant academic achievement gap faced by Spanish-speaking students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in Southeast Michigan.

Satterfield’s areas of research include child bilingualism, first language acquisition (the roles of psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic factors in  developing grammars), and language contact phenomena in the context of U.S. (Afro-)Latinx identity and culture. She collaborates extensively on studies using fNIRS brain imaging techniques to inform theories of syntactic development and literacy research in bilingual children. Satterfield edited the book “Current Issues in Romance Languages: Proceedings from the Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages,” authored the book “Bilingual Selection of Syntactic Knowledge: Extending the Principles and Parameters Approach,” and has contributed to numerous journal articles.

Ph.D., University of Iowa; M.A., University of Illinois-Chicago; B.S. and B.A., Iowa State University.