Department of Spanish and Portuguese
CRISTINA SANZ is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Georgetown University. She co-directs the Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition and is the Director of the Intensive & School of Foreign Service Language Programs. Dr. Sanz also serves as coordinator of the Catalan Lectureship.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Sanz received her undergraduate degree in Peninsular Literature from the Universitat de Barcelona. In 1988 she was granted a University Fellowship to complete her M.A. (1990), advanced certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE, 1993), and Ph.D. (1994), from the University of Illinois. She completed her dissertation while teaching linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Sanz is an expert on bilingualism and second language acquisition. Her edited volume Mind and Context in Adult Second Language Acquisition (GUPress 2005) received the Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize for an Outstanding Research Publication in 2006. She has co-edited Implicit and Explicit SLA & Bilingualism: Conditions, Processes and Knowledge (2011), Spanish Applied Linguistics at the End of the Millennium (2000) and was guest editor of the special volume of Spanish Applied Linguistics - Cognition & Spanish Bilinguals (2001). Dr. Sanz has published book chapters, articles and reviews in such scholarly venues as Language Learning, Applied Psycholinguistics, Modern Lasnguage Journal, International Journal of Multilingualism, Language Learning and Technology, Spanish Applied Linguistics, Canadian Modern Language Review, The Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Several of her publications have appeared in Catalan and Spanish journals.
Professor Sanz has has taught graduate courses in Spain and the Philippines. She has been a consultant to the United Nations, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Dr. Sanz is the Director of the Georgetown-at-Barcelona Summer Study Abroad Program.