Hola! I'm Armando, a Spanish sociolinguist and academic programs director at UCLA. My passion is to empower others with the awareness of their linguistic experience, applying sociocultural theory to empirical observations.
My research explores Spanish language variation in the United States, investigating how social identities and cultural practices are developed and subsequently negotiated in linguistic interaction. As a Latinx Spanish/English bilingual speaker, I have a special interest in the ethnolinguistic repertoire of heritage language speakers who often navigate landscapes influenced by unique ideological structures.
Yoga has supported my path to self healing, and I am elated to share my personal practice with my community. I am certified through YogaWorks®, where I completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training in 2017 on the island of Koh-Samui, Thailand with senior yoga teachers Ana Zorzou and David Kim.