Prof. Víctor A. Valdivia Ruiz

Professor Victor Valdivia
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Spanish Language Program Director
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Professor Víctor Valdivia received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of New Mexico in 2016. His research focuses on the interplay between language use and grammar, particularly in contexts of language and dialect contact. Before coming to GWU, he taught Spanish and Hispanic Linguistics at the University of New Mexico, and at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. 

Current Research

Research interests

Spanish as a heritage language

Language and dialect contact

Hispanic Sociolinguistics

Functional Syntax

Discourse analysis


PhD, University of New Mexico

MA, Universidad de Guadalajara

BA, Universidad de Guadalajara

Classes Taught

  • Bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking World
  • Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners
  • Advanced Spanish I y II
  • Intermediate Spanish I y II
  • Elementary Spanish