J. César Félix-Brasdefer, Interim Director
César Félix-Brasdefer (Ph.D., University of Minnesota 2003) is Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a specialist in Hispanic Linguistics, the intersection of language use and culture, and intercultural communication. His main areas of interest are Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, two areas of linguistics that examine language use in context in social interaction. Professor Félix-Brasdefer’s research focuses on topics of variation across varieties on Spanish, with particular attention to regions of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. He is also interested in linguistic variation in situations of languages in contact such as Spanish and Nahuatl, Spanish and Maya, and Spanish and Guarani. He is currently conducting a project on linguistic variation and language alternation between Spanish and Nahuatl spoken in Central Mexico, and the teaching of indigenous languages. He has published several books, edited volumes, numerous peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and articles for handbooks. Professor Félix-Brasdefer is the author of Spanish Pragmatics (Pragmática del español: contexto, uso y variación, Routledge, 2019), The Language of Service Encounters: A Pragmatic Discursive Approach (2015, Cambridge University Press), and is the co-editor of Pragmatic Variation in Service Encounter Interactions across the Spanish Speaking World (2019, Routledge). He is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics (Routledge). He serves on various editorial boards such as the Journal of Pragmatics, Applied Pragmatics, Spanish in Context, and The International Journal of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. Professor Félix-Brasdefer has directed study abroad programs in Mexico and Ecuador. He also participated in the faculty-exchange program at Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) through the IU Mexico Gateway. He looks forward to promoting more student and faculty exchanges between CLACS and institutions in the Caribbean, Central, and South America, and furthering our partnerships with institutions in Brazil.