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Laura Callahan
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Phone: (212) 650-7928
Research Interests: Intercultural communication, language and identity, codeswitching, and heritage language maintenance

Laura Callahan is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The City College of New York. Her research has focused on codeswitching, language attitudes, communication between native and non-native speakers of Spanish, and heritage language maintenance. She is the author of two books —Spanish and English in U.S. Service Encounters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus (John Benjamins, 2004)— and editor of the volume Spanish and Portuguese Across Time, Place, and Borders (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). 

She has published articles in several journals, including Hispania, Language & Communication, Southwest Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Intercultural Pragmatics, International Multilingual Research Journal, Heritage Language Journal, Language and Intercultural Communication, and Spanish in Context. (Complete list of publications available at

She has also taught at U.C. Berkeley, San José State University, and Michigan State University. She is a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS), Graduate Center, CUNY.