My name is Ander (he/him), and I am an incoming Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Mississippi State University. I received my Ph.D. from UIUC in 2022, where I wrote my dissertation as an advisee of Professors José I. Hualde and Ryan Shosted. I am a first-generation scholar, meaning that I was the first person in my family to attend college, and I take great pride in that. I am a certified ACTFL OPI Tester for Spanish. I am from the Basque Country (north of Spain), and I have several years of experience teaching (Hispanic) Linguistics, Spanish, and Basque Language and Culture in Higher Education (see 'Teaching' for more info).
Academically, my personal experiences as a bilingual native speaker of Basque (a minority language spoken in the north of Spain) and Spanish since childhood have driven my research projects. I am interested in linguistic contact, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, experimental phonology, bilingual speech production and perception, and second and heritage language phonetics (see my 'Research' section for more info).
In the non-academic aspect, one of my passions is traveling. I love visiting new places and learning about their cultures and languages. I have been to several countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. In every trip I make, I always bring souvenirs like postcards, hundreds of pictures, or linguistic information of local languages from there. I can't wait to explore more places once COVID-19 is more under control! (see my 'Travels' section for more info).
When I am not teaching, doing research, or traveling, I enjoy serving the community. In the past, I have served as the President of various campus organizations, as a Campus Senator, and as a student mentor. I have advocated for a more accessible and navigable school experience (see 'Service' and 'Resources' for more info). If you think I can be of any help to you, please reach out to me!
The passion I put in many aspects of my life has allowed me to receive several awards (see 'Awards' for more info).