Arielle Akines, Ph.D.
Language Resource Center Director, Guest Instructor
On Staff since 2020
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.