Short bio


I am an Associate Professor of linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.  I work primarily in the fields of contact linguistics, sociolinguistics, syntax and human rights. The linguistic study of the Afro-Latino Vernaculars of the Americas (ALVAs) —the languages that developed in Latin America from the contact of African languages, Spanish and Portuguese in colonial times— and the sociohistorical analysis of their evolution form the main themes of my research program. In particular, my investigation combines linguistic, sociohistorical, legal and anthropological insights to cast light on the nature and origins of these contact varieties.


EMPLOYMENT
Summer 2019 Visiting Professor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Paris-Villejuif
Since 2017 Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
2017-2018 HCAS Core Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
April 2017 Visiting Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
2016-2017 Marie Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
2014-2017 Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
2011-2014 Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Spring 2011 Assistant Professor, University of Akron

EDUCATION
2018 LL.M. in Spanish Law, Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Spain
2016 J.D. in Italian Law, Università degli Studi di Roma, Italy
2011 M.S. in International Business, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Bretagne, France
2010 Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics, Ohio State University, USA
2008 M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics, Ohio State University, USA
2007 M.S. in International Communication, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
2005 B.A. in Foreign Languages for Business and Tourism, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy

MAJOR FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS/AWARDS (since 2011)
2019 Provost's Authors Fellowship Travel Fund, University of Texas at Austin
2019 LabEx Fellowship, LabEx project on “Fondements Empiriques de la Linguistique”, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Paris-Villejuif
2018 HCAS Fieldwork Grant, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
2017 HCAS Core Fellowship, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie FCFP Junior Fellowship, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
2015 College Research Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin
2015 Humanities Research Award,University of Texas at Austin
2015 Summer Research Assignment, University of Texas at Austin
2014 Research Grant, University of Texas at Austin
2014 High Merit Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2014 Nave Special Symposia Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2013 Nave Publication Supplement, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2012 High Merit Research Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2012 Fall Competition, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011 Graduate School and Provost Subvention, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CONTACT INFORMATION
Department of Spanish &Portuguese
University of Texas at Austin
Benedict Hall #2.116
150 W. 21st Street, Stop B3700
Austin, TX 78712-1155
Email: sandrosessaregoATaustin.utexas.edu