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  • Holly R. Cashman is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (LLC) and a core faculty member in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of New Hampshire (USA). She currently serves as chair of LLC and co-coordinator of Queer Studies. Her research focuses on Spanish in the U.S., bilingual conversation, queer linguistics, and impoliteness. Her book Queer, Latinx, & Bilingual: Narrative Resources in the Negotiation of Identities (Routledge, 2018) was shortlisted for the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) book prize. Cashman was recently named co-editor of the Cambridge Elements series in Language, Gender and Sexuality with Helen Sauntson, York St John University, UK . Her work has been published in journals such as Language in Society, Gender & Language, Spanish in Context, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Multilingua. She has also contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality (Kira Hall & Rusty Barrett, eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Spanish as a Heritage Language (Kim Potowski, ed.), A Sociolinguistics of Diaspora: Latino practices, identities & ideologies (Rosina Márquez-Reiter & Luisa Martín Rojo, eds.), and The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (Li Wei & Melissa G. Moyer, eds.).

    Cashman is the president of the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA), and is also a past president of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO). She is president of the Executive Board of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) of the Modern Languages Association. Cashman won the Kidder Award for faculty in 2019, which honors “those who, through their scholarship, leadership, or outstanding efforts, foster greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender expression at the University of New Hampshire and the Pink Triangle Award (2013-2014) for ""outstanding contributions to efforts for equity and visibility for the UNH GLBT community"" at UNH. She was awarded a President’s Good Steward Award (UNH, 2018) from the New Hampshire College Compact, which recognizes "a member of the faculty, administration or staff member who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on their campus”, and her presentation on 'Approaches & Activities for LGBTQ-Inclusive Language Classrooms' was voted ""Best of New Hampshire"" at the 2016 New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT).

    Cashman is on sabbatical in Spring 2021 semester working on a co-authored manuscript on Codeswitching for Oxford University Press with Jeff MacSwan (University of Maryland), among other projects.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 What Phoenix's joteria is saying: Identity, normativity, resistanceLanguage in Society.  48:519-539. 2019
    2018 Sexuality and Bilingualism 2018
    2017 Queer, Latinx, and Bilingual 2017
    2015 Intersecting communities, interwoven identities: questioning boundaries, testing bridges, and forging a queer latinidad in the US SouthwestLanguage and Intercultural Communication.  15:424-440. 2015
    2014 Making gender relevant in Spanish-language sports broadcast discourseGender and Language.  8:311-340. 2014
    2012 Homophobic slurs and public apologies: The discursive struggle over fag/maricon in public discourseMultilingua.  31:55-81. 2012
    2012 Language, Identity and Social Networks among LGBTQ Latins in Phoenix and the Urgency of Queering Research on Spanish in the U.S.Southwest Journal of Linguistics.  31:1-27. 2012
    2009 The dynamics of Spanish maintenance and shift in Arizona Ethnolinguistic vitality, language panic and language prideSpanish in Context.  6:43-68. 2009
    2008 Accomplishing marginalization in bilingual interaction: Relational work as a resource for the intersubjective construction of identityMultilingua.  27:129-150. 2008
    2008 Rasgos y funciones del habla de contacto en las noticias televisivas en español en los Estados UnidosOralia.  11:29-55. 2008
    2006 Who Wins in Research on Bilingualism in an Anti-bilingual State?Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.  27:42-60. 2006
    2006 Impoliteness in children's interactions in a Spanish/English bilingual community of practiceJournal of Politeness Research.  2:217-246. 2006
    2005 Identities at play: language preference and group membership in bilingual talk in interactionJournal of Pragmatics.  37:301-315. 2005
    2005 Aggravation and disagreement: a case study of a bilingual, cross-sex disputeSouthwest Journal of Linguistics.  24:31-51. 2005
    2003 Red social y bilingüismo (inglés/español) en Detroit, MichiganRevista Internacional de Linguistica Iberoamericana.  1:59-78. 2003
    1999 Language Choice in U. S. Latina First Person Narrative: The Effects of Language Standardization and SubordinationDiscourse.  21:132-150. 1999


    Year Title
    2018 Queer, Latinx, and Bilingual: Narrative Resources in the Negotiation of Identities 2018
    2008 The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism 2008


    Year Title
    2018 Queering Spanish as a Heritage Language: Contesting heteronormativity in the SHL curriculum and making LGBTQ identities visible in the SHL classroom.  124-143. 2018
    2017 Intersecting communities, interwoven identities: questioning boundaries, testing bridges, and forging a queer latinidad in the U.S. Southwest 2017
    2015 Queer Latina/o Networks in the City: languages, identities and the ties that bind.  66-80. 2015
    2012 Análisis del discurso.  141-161. 2012
    2010 Research, responsibility and repression: anti-bilingualism in Arizona.  319-336. 2010
    2008 "You're screwed either way": An exploration of code-switching, impoliteness and power.  255-279. 2008
    2008 Conversation and Interactional Analysis.  275-295. 2008
    2006 An overview of linguistic politeness in the Spanish of the United States.  121-139. 2006

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2005 Bilingual language practices in a dual language immersion elementary schoolProceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. 2005
    2002 Constructing a Bilingual Identity: conversation analysis of Spanish/English language use in a television interviewTexas Linguistic Forum 44. 33-47. 2002
    Sociodemographics of Spanish in New England & New HampshireCambios y conexiones: Latinoamérica y España.

    Teaching Activities

  • SrvWomnStdy/Intro to LGBQTA+ Taught course 2022
  • World Languages Capstone Taught course 2021
  • Spanish Lang Variation/Change Taught course 2020
  • Language Practicum Taught course 2020
  • Practicum Taught course 2020
  • Adv Conversation&Compositn I Taught course 2019
  • Intermediate Spanish I Taught course 2019
  • Language Practicum Taught course 2019
  • Language Practicum Taught course 2019
  • Spanish Phonetics Taught course 2019
  • Arabic Practicum Taught course 2018
  • Language Practicum Taught course 2018
  • Top/Spanish, Sust & Citizenshp Taught course 2018
  • Adv Top/Language&Leadership Taught course 2018
  • Elementary Spanish II Taught course 2018
  • Language Practicum Taught course 2018
  • Intermediate Spanish II Taught course 2017
  • Methods Foreign Language Teach Taught course 2017
  • Spanish Phonetics Taught course 2016
  • Spanish Phonetics Taught course 2016
  • Top/Sociolinguistics of Span Taught course 2016
  • Hispanic Cultural Studies Taught course 2015
  • Top/Language & Id in Spanish Taught course 2015
  • Reading Current Periodicals Taught course 2015
  • Top/Sociolinguistics Taught course 2015
  • Latin American Civil & Culture Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Art History,Criticism&Conserv., Hood College
  • B.A. Spanish, Hood College
  • M.A. Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Spanish, University of Michigan
  • Full Name

  • Holly Cashman
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

    15 Library Way

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States