Hispanic Studies Graduate Assistants | LSU Foreign Languages and Literatures

Hispanic Studies Graduate Assistants


Jorge Abadin 

Jorge is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate studies at LSU in May of 2018 with a BA in English and double major in Spanish. After completing the Hispanic Studies program, he plans to pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature focusing on Caribbean; Argentinian; and Russian literature. 


Vanessa Cardenas


Mathew Freeman
Matthew Freeman has a B.A. in Spanish and has extensive experience as a secondary Spanish teacher, having taught at the high school level and one year at the middle school level in schools in Louisiana. As an undergrad, he had the opportunity to study in Madrid, Spain, which he much enjoyed, and feels greatly helped him to improve his Spanish speaking ability. He enjoys teaching and speaking Spanish. His concentration in the Hispanic Studies program is Linguistics. 


Maria Garcia 


Anne-Catherine Jagneaux


Eduardo Montaño Suarez
Eduardo is originally from Tapachula, Mexico. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English Language with a concentration in Teaching, and a minor in French, from Universidad Veracruzana, in Xalapa, Mexico. He participated in a bilateral exchange program at Louisiana State University in the 2007-2008 academic year as an English major. Additionally, he obtained a Seminar Certificate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad Veracruzana. After graduating in 2009, he went to pursue a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (TEFL/TESL) from International Teacher Training Organization, in Guadalajara, Mexico, and in 2016 he earned a Level 2 Certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) International from Trinity College London. Eduardo has an extensive experience in the teaching of English, French and Spanish as foreign and second languages respectively in Mexico and China. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Linguistics, since he is interested in bilingualism and second language acquisition.

Cristian Rivera

Cristian is from Lafayette, LA, the home of Cajun Country. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Modern Languages with a concentration in Spanish. Cristian continued his studies at UL Lafayette as a teaching assistant in experimental psychology where he researched students' safe sex behaviors in relation to contraceptive resources on campus. He earned the M.S. in Psychology in 2017. His research focus has since shifted to combine his training in psychology with Spanish. Cristian is currently a teaching assistant in the M.A. program in Hispanic Studies pursuing a linguistics concentration. He is interested in second language acquisition, particularly the cognitive and neurological aspects of second language processing in adult learners. Cristian plans to investigate the possible use of mobile internet devices (e.g., smartphones) as a medium for language acquisition as well as language maintenance.


Raquel Saenz Llano

Raquel Saenz born in Medellín, Colombia. She received a B.A with Honors in Music, concentration in Vocal Performance from Universidad EAFIT in 2015. She has experience teaching music to children and young people. Interested in understand more about her culture, is currently candidate of M.A Hispanic Studies 2019 at Louisiana State University.


Adriana Sanchez

Adriana is originally from Quito, Ecuador. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and double major in Spanish, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Literature at LSU.


Quinn Sells

Quinn Morgan Sells obtained their B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Modern Languages with a double concentration in French and Spanish, accompanied by a minor in Cajun and Creole Studies. Prior to studying at LSU, they were able to study abroad in France, Belgium, and Spain, which they also encourage others to do in order to gain greater proficiency in their target language(s). They are currently pursuing a master’s degree in Hispanic Studies with a concentration in Hispanic Literature, as they believe that literature is a lens through which one can observe social movements of the past and present.


Christine Song


Kiplyn Taylor