Maria Eugenia Trillo

Maria Eugenia Trillo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Western New Mexico University. Her studies focus on the use of Spanish in the United States and how language and identity function together.

Trillo’s research specifically looks at how heritage, native, and second language Spanish speakers create and represent the identity of Latino, Hispanic, and Chicano culture in the United States. Her work bridges linguistics and social sciences, and takes a look at Code Switching as a form of language retention and revival mechanism for many Spanish speakers (also see NPR’s Gene Demby’s ‘How Code Switching Explains the World’).

Trillo has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in a New Yorker piece by Paul Kramer.


Sociolinguist and Associate Professor of Spanish, Western New Mexico University

Areas of Expertise: Education, Linguistics, Bilingualism, Spanish Language, Chicano and Latin American Literature, Code Switching

Location: Silver City, NM

Contact Information:

Phone: (575) 538-6526

Heard on New Mexico State University’s KRWG: Spanish: Past, Present, and Future