Armando Guerrero Jr., PhD is sociolinguist and yoga instructor; he is passionate about serving his community and creating space for others to succeed in their academic, personal and profesional pursuits.
As a Lecturer at UCLA he is passionate about empowering students with linguistic awareness. In the Department of Spanish & Portuguese he teaches on Spanish variation and heritage language education in the United States. He has previously taught at California State University San Marcos, Chapman University, Santa Ana Community College, and Long Beach City College. In addition to teaching, he also offers his expertise as a consultant to the Federal Public Defender and the Los Angeles County Public Defender on cases concerning Spanish language and Latinx cultural practices.
In his research he broadly explores Spanish language variation in the United States, investigating how social identities and cultural practices are constructed and negotiated through linguistic interaction in Spanish-speaking communities in the Mexican diaspora, with a primary interest in the ethnolinguistic repertoire of heritage speakers in the Southwest. His methodological approach is interdisciplinary, encompassing tools in sociolinguistics, anthropology, and sociology.
As a yoga instructor he is thoughtful and intentional. In 2017 he fell into yoga while completing his PhD in Spanish Linguistics at UCLA. He was feeling mentally overwhelmed and exhausted; in need of a tool to help slow down the flood of thoughts that were fueling his anxiety at the time, he began his yoga practice. In his yoga classes he cultivates the mind/body connection with a focus on the breath and the body’s intentional movement through space. Yoga has supported his path to self healing, and he is happy to share his practice with the community. Armando is certified through YogaWorks® where he completed his 200-hr yoga teacher training in the island of Ko-Samui, Thailand with senior teachers Ana Zorzou and David Kim.
He also volunteers as a founding member and Secretary on the board of directors at Soleil Academy Charter School in Lynwood, CA.