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About Elise DuBord

Elise DuBord is an Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics. She completed her undergraduate studies in Spanish at Minnesota State University, Moorhead after studying for two years at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. After college, Elise was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala where she collaborated with a local non-profit organization in community development projects, organic agriculture, and adult literacy. Elise then completed her graduate studies at the University of Arizona where she received a M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Spanish with an emphasis in Border Studies and Sociolinguistics. She taught at Drew University in New Jersey for six years before coming to UNI. Her book, Language, Immigration and Labor: Negotiating Work in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (2014), is based on ethnographic research with Mexican and Central American day laborers in Arizona. Research interests: intercultural communication, language policy, Spanish in the U.S., community-based learning, language and immigration.


Present Associate Professor, Spanish Linguistics, University of Northern Iowa Department of Languages and Literatures
2008 - 2014 Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguisitics, Drew Univ
Participant in the 2016 Scholar Connexus event sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of Northern Iowa 2016 Scholar Connexus

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2017 - Faculty Summer Fellowship (8 week), Graduate College, University of Northern Iowa
  • 2016 - Veridian Credit Union Community Engagement Fellowship “Community Collaboration for Language, Literacy and Learning” (with Jennifer Cooley)
  • 2016 - College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant, University of Northern Iowa
  • 2015 - Innovative Teaching Initiative (with Xavier Escandell), College of Social and Behavior Sciences, University of Northern Iowa
  • 2015 - Faculty Summer Fellowship (8 week), Graduate College, University of Northern Iowa


  • Language and Immigration (Capstone)
  • Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (TESOL)
  • Language and Nationalism
  • Oral and Written Spanish
  • Latinos in the U.S.
  • Spanish in the U.S.
  • Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Contact Information

University of Northern Iowa
Bartlett Hall 2005
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

Office: BAR 2005
Phone: (319) 273-2183


Books (1)

Articles (6)

Contributions to Books (1)

Presentations (1)

Theses/Dissertations (1)