Sean McKinnon joined Arizona State University in the fall of 2021. He has a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from Ohio State University, a M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain), and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. McKinnon has lived, studied in and traveled throughout the Spanish speaking world, including studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, living in San José, Costa Rica for a semester as a graduate student, teaching for a 6 week intensive immersion program for American high school students in Mérida, México, and conducting dissertation field research in Antigua, Guatemala. Before coming to ASU he taught for Indiana University - Bloomington for 7 years, teaching all levels of Spanish for second language learners, Spanish heritage learners, and introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in Hispanic linguistics.
Dr. McKinnon's research expertise is in how bilingualism promotes language change in the grammar and sound system of both languages in contact, focusing on Spanish in contact with Kaqchikel Maya (Guatemala), Catalan (Catalonia, Spain), and English (in the United States). He also has published papers on second language acquisition and pragmatics.