Alexandra Roman Irizarry is a doctoral candidate specializing in Human Development in Context at the University of California Irvine’s School of Education. She is currently working under Dr. Judith Kroll at the Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab. She also works at El Areyto Lab with Dr. Julio Torres.
Her research focuses on understanding the underlying cognitive processes involved in the linguistic processing of non-binary linguistic expressions. For example the use of the singular “they” in English and “elle” in Spanish. Alexandra is also interested in pursuing a Graduate Feminist Emphasis at the University of California Irvine’s Department of Gender & Sexuality. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Alexandra received her BA in Foreign Languages –French, Mandarin, Japanese– and Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Alexandra is also an NSF GRFP fellow and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Alumni.
Alexandra is looking for Spanish speaking RA’s that are interested in studying sociolinguistic variation through psycholinguistic or neurolinguistic approaches. She is also interested in recruiting RA’s that are interested in studying topics that relate to language and gender in different languages.