Department of Languages and Literatures

Elise DuBord


Faculty - Associate Professor


Ph.D., The University of Arizona 
M.A., The University of Arizona
B.A., Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Courses Taught

  • Hispanic Linguistics

  • S​ociolinguistics

  • Spanish for Heritage Learners

  • Spanish in the U.S.

  • Latinos in the U.S.

  • Oral and Written Spanish

  • Language and Nationalism

  • Language and Immigration (Capstone)

  • Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (TESOL)

Research Interests

  • Spanish in the U.S.

  • Language Policy

  • Intercultural Communication

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Immigration

  • Community-Based Learning

Selected Publications

 Link to publications on UNI ScholarWorks

Elise DuBord is an Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics. Her research and teaching has focused on Latinx populations in the United States and examines the linguistic, social, and political impacts of language contact between Spanish and English. In addition, civic engagement and community-based research are integral components of her research and teaching. Elise’s book Language, Immigration and Labor: Negotiating Work in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands is based on ethnographic research with Mexican and Central American day laborers in Arizona. She has publish in journals such as Spanish in Context and Language & Communication.


Elise completed an undergraduate degree in Spanish at Minnesota State University, Moorhead after studying for two years at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. After college, Elise was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala where she worked with a local non-profit organization in community development, organic agriculture, and adult literacy. Elise then completed her graduate studies at the University of Arizona where she received a M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Spanish with an emphasis in Border Studies and Sociolinguistics.