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Alumni Spotlight

February 8, 2019

Happy New Year and welcome back to the new school year of 2019! We are excited to introduce our first Alumni of the semester, Felix Manuel Burgos, who graduated from UNM in 2013 with a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics!

“I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University, where I coordinate and teach Advanced Grammar courses for non-native and native speakers. Teaching is my principal responsibility, but I maintain an active research program that uses Discourse Analysis to examine the Media in Latin America. This research informs my teaching, which is itself shaped by my experience as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico. In particular, I owe my passion for a functionalist approach to Language and Grammar to my former professors there.  

UNM and Burque will always be in my heart and mind. The university gave me the opportunity to complete my Masters in Latin American Studies, and my Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics. Nuevo Mexico was the place where I grew the most, not only intellectually, but also emotionally, thanks in no small part to the long conversations with people there who I can still call amigos y amigas today. And how can I forget the clear sky and dramatic sunsets in the Sandia Mountains? Or the smell of roasted green chile and fresh tortillas? Although I live and work far away now, the skills I developed at UNM and the fond memories I created there and throughout New Mexico will stay with me forever. 

I am deeply grateful for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese's support during those wonderful years. ¡Gracias infinitas!”

 

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