Arielle Akines

Arielle Akines
Arielle Akines, Ph.D.

Language Resource Center Director, Guest Instructor

On Staff since 2020

WYN 306


University of Houston
Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, 2019

Texas State University
M.A., Spanish, 2015

Xavier University of Louisiana
B.A., Spanish, 2012



Dr. Arielle Akines first began learning Spanish in the third grade. Currently, she has over ten years of experience teaching and tutoring Spanish at the graduate, undergraduate, and elementary school levels. Her background includes working in university language centers, working as an expert linguist researcher for Fortune 500 companies, and as a reading specialist for bilingual elementary students. She has lived in Málaga, Spain and completed her doctoral research on Afro-Latinos in Bogotá, Colombia. She was selected as a 2016 Smithsonian Museum Latino Center Fellow, to research language taxonomies and entity identification.

Dr. Arielle Akines’ research interests include:

  • second language acquisition
  • media stereotypes and language
  • Afro-Latino identity and culture, and 
  • language acquisition technologies

Dr. Akines’ goal is to help students identify how second language proficiency can influence their relationships, impact, and perspective of the world.