Elaine Shenk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Disciplines Taught: Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Spanish
Office: Bellarmine 330 A
Phone: 610-660-1849
Fax: 610-660-2160
Email: eshenk@sju.edu

Courses Taught


Dr. Shenk teaches in both the Spanish Program and the Linguistics Program and serves as an advisor for students minoring in Spanish and/or Linguistics.

She regularly teaches courses in Beginning and Intermediate Spanish (SPA 101, 102, 201, 202), Spanish Composition (SPA 302), and upper-division courses including Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (SPA 380), Spanish Dialectology (SPA 466), and Language Contact and Politics in the U.S. (SPA 467).

She also teaches courses in English, including Sociolinguistics (LIN 317), Bilingualism and Language Diversity (LIN 401), and a First-Year Seminar on Language, Communication, and Culture (LIN 150).


Her teaching and research interests include:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish in the U.S.
  • Language Contact
  • Language Ideologies
  • Bilingualism
  • Language Policy/Language Planning

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