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Teresa Satterfield Linares

Professor of Spanish

Teresa Satterfield Linares is a professor of Spanish affiliated with the University of Michigan’s Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Combined Program of Education and Psychology, Department of Linguistics, Latino/a Studies program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies program, and Program for the Study of Complex Systems.

She also is the founder and executive director of En Nuestra Lengua (ENL) 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 Linares’ 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 Linares 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.