Jennifer Barajas

Jennifer Barajas

Associate Professor of Spanish

    Bradley Hall 311
    (309) 677-2475


Ph.D., Hispanic Linguistics, The Ohio State University
M.A., Hispanic Linguistics, The Ohio State University
M.A., Spanish, California State University, Fullerton
B.A., Spanish and International Business, California State University, Fullerton


Dr. Barajas has taught a variety of courses from elementary Spanish to advanced conversation and composition, and advanced grammar. In addition to Spanish language and culture courses, she also teaches linguistics courses such as phonetics, introduction to language, language variation in Spanish, and Spanish in the U.S. For the Fall 2017 semester she will introduce a new course: Spanish for Heritage Speakers. Dr. Barajas was the recipient of the 2015 First Year Faculty Teaching Award.


Dr. Barajas specializes in phonetics, phonology, and sociolinguistics. She has conducted research in Michoacán, Mexico, and has extensively studied variation in vowel production in that region. Her latest publication “Vowel raising and social networks in Michoacán: A sociophonetic analysis” (2016) is available in Spanish Language and Sociolinguistic Analysis [Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics series]. Other areas of interest are first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, heritage speakers, and dialectology. Currently Dr. Barajas is engaged in a SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) research project.


Dr. Barajas currently helps promote Spanish conversation by leading monthly sessions of the Mesa Hispánica.  She is also a member of the Hispanic Heritage Month committee, New Faculty Mentorship committee, and the Committee for Academic Technology Excellence.