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Dalia Magaña

Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics

Dalia Magaña is an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of California, Merced. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California Davis in Spanish Linguistics. She has published on cultural competency in doctor–patient interactions, on how Spanish speakers conceptualize their health in cancer narratives and on issues in teaching Spanish as a heritage language in the United States. Her work aims to raise awareness about the role of interpersonal language in improving healthcare communication with local communities of Spanish speakers and developing pedagogy for teaching Spanish. Dalia Magaña’s research has been published in Discourse & Communication, Communication & Medicine and Health Communication. She teaches advanced courses in Spanish linguistics including Spanish in the U.S. and Sociolinguistics and Latino/a Health.