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Department of Languages and Literatures at Lehman College

Faculty Evelyn Durán-Urrea

Evelyn Duran-UrreaE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-7727
Office: Carman Hall, Room 276
Rank: Assistant Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., University of Sonora (Mexico); M.A., University of Arizona; Ph.D., Penn State University.

Evelyn Durán Urrea received her M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Arizona. She completed her Ph.D. coursework in Hispanic Linguistics in the University of New Mexico until she moved to Penn State to continue her dissertation research on Spanish-English code-switching. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from Penn State University in 2012.  Her research interests include bilingualism, Spanish-English code-switching, and Spanish as a heritage language. She has been teaching and supervising Heritage Spanish courses at the undergraduate level since 2002. Her recent research has focused on assessment and placement of heritage and second language learners of Spanish at the college level, and practices in the foreign language classroom, specifically, a pedagogical model for the learning of Spanish as a Heritage Language based on the Flipped Classroom approach and Open Educational Resources initiatives. She serves as the Spanish B.A. adviser and Heritage Spanish coordinator in the Department of Languages and Literatures.

Book chapters

  • Durán Urrea, E. & Meiners, J. G. (2019). “Creating and implementing open educational resources for the Spanish as a Heritage Language classroom”. In Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Ana; Sawhill, Barbara (Eds), New case studies of openness in and beyond the language classroom (pp. 23-36).
  • Durán Urrea, E. & Gradoville, M. (2008). "De la Futuridad a la epistemicidad. La situación actual del tiempo futuro en el español de Nuevo México." In R. M. Ortiz Ciscomani (Ed.), Serie Memorias del IX Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste. Vol. 2 (pp. 131-14). Hermosillo Mexico: Editorial Unison.  


  • Amezcua, A., Durán Urrea, E., Brandl, A., & Rodríguez, E.  (Forthcoming, October 2021) “The switch to remote instruction in Spanish heritage language courses: Why social presence matters.” E-JournALL, EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 8(2). 
  • Durán Urrea, E. and Gradoville, M. (2007). "Variation in the Future Tense in New Mexican Spanish." Texas Linguistic Forum 50. Austin, TX: University of Texas at Austin. 
  • Durán Urrea, Evelyn. (2004). "Reduplicación y omisión de clíticos en el español de Tucson, Arizona." Divergencias. Revista de estudios lingüísticos y literarios, 2(2), 3-16.