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Maríadelaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD, associate professor of Spanish, Drexel University

Maria de la luz Matus-Mendoza, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish
Contact for Spanish Study Abroad Course Approvals
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Office: Academic Building, 316
Phone: 215.895.2171
Fax: 215.895.1333


  • PhD, Spanish, Temple University, 1999
  • MA, Spanish Temple University, 1993
  • BA, English Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1988

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Linguistic Variation
  • Migration
  • Foodways
  • Identity
  • Tele-collaborations
  • Intercultural Competence


Maríadelaluz Matus-Mendoza’s research revolves around migration and its interconnection with linguistic and sociocultural issues. Professor Matus-Mendoza specializes in Mexican Spanish and has published in several journals, including Language Variation and Change and Southwest Journal of Sociolinguistics. More recently, her research interests encompass the relationship between language, migration, and foodways to shape identity; this combines her two passions and commitments with academia and community.

Dr. Matus-Mendoza spearheaded the development of transnational tele-collaboration to enhance intercultural and linguistic communication. Additionally, she has contributed to the development of Global Citizenship education in a foreign language and advanced content classes since 2015. She has been named the most valuable board member of the Mexican Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization that disseminates and promotes Mexican history, culture, and heritage across the Delaware Valley. Matus-Mendoza works to increase collaborations between the community, schools, and the Center.

Selected Publications:

  • Matus-Mendoza, Maríadelaluz. 2020. “The Intersection of Muralist Movements and Two Foreign Language Classes,” Hispania, vol.103, No. 1, pp. 15-19.
  • Matus-Mendoza, Maríadelaluz. 2019. “Color of the Border: A Cultural Studies Analysis of Border Policies in Chile,” Shippensburg Journal of Modern Languages, pp. 61-71
  • Matus-Mendoza, Maríadelaluz. 2017. “Have Monoligualism and Monoculturalism been Overcome in Mexico?” Bilingualism and Spanish in Contact: Sociolinguistic Case Studies, edited by Eva Núñez Méndez. Routledge.
  • Matus-Mendoza, Maríadelaluz, and Antoon De Rycher. 2014. “Mexico City and the H1N1 health crisis, the discursive interconnectedness viruses, kidnappings, policy fiascos and tumbling pesos,” Discourse and Crisis, Critical Perspectives, edited by Antoon De Rycher and Zuraidah Mohd Don. John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 395-433.
  • Road to Kenny: Migration and Affricate /č/. Southwest Journal of Linguisitcs. 2008, vol. 27 Issue 2, p 65-78, 2007.
  • Affricate /č/ in an Immigrant Community. PAMAPLA 28 / ACALPA 28. Papers from the Twenty-Eight Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association. Université de Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada, 2007.
  • Linguistic Variation in Mexican Spanish as Spoken in Two Communities-Moroleón, Mexico and Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. (2002). New York: Mellen Press, 2002.