Congratulations to Graduating Senior, Monica Moreno, recipient of The Claudia Parodi Essay Award in Spanish Linguistics!

Published: May 28, 2021

Congratulations to our Student Monica Moreno for receiving The Claudia Parodi Spring Essay Award in Spanish Linguistics!!

Monica Elizabeth Moreno is a first-generation college student from San Bernardino, CA. At UCLA, Monica has received Spanish & Portuguese departmental honors and worked alongside Doctora Suhr on multiple research opportunities. Recently, she finished a research paper on La conceptualización de la inmigración en la prensa en español de EEUU durante los mandatos de los presidentes Obama y Trump. Monica is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Mexican Studies minor. She will be a graduate student at Loyola Marymount University and high school Spanish teacher through Teach for America.

Monica Elizabeth Moreno es una estudiante universitaria de primera generación de San Bernardino, CA. En UCLA, Monica recibió honores departamentales de español y portugués y trabajó junto a la Doctora Suhr en múltiples oportunidades de investigación. Recientemente, terminó un trabajo de investigación sobre La conceptualización de la inmigración en la prensa en español de EEUU durante los mandatos de los presidentes Obama y Trump. Mónica está terminando su Licenciatura en Español y Licenciatura en Sociología con una especialización en Estudios Mexicanos. Será una estudiante de posgrado en Loyola Marymount University y maestra de español de secundaria a través de Teach for America.

Congrats Monica!

The Claudia Parodi Essay Prize — Essay in Spanish Linguistics

Before her passing on November 15, 2015, Professor Claudia Parodi had a most distinguished career as a professor of Spanish Linguistics at the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She was a member of the faculty since 1991. Born in Mexico, she began her studies at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana earning a Licenciatura in 1969, followed by an MA in Hispanic Language and Literature at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1972. After earning her degree, she continued research at UNAM collaborating on a study of the Spanish of Mexico City. Through the 1980s, she was both professor and researcher at Centro de Lingüística Hispánica del Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas de la UNAM. In 1991, she earned a doctorate in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UCLA. Professor Parodi published over ninety articles, editions, and collections on a wide variety of topics related to language, literature, and sociolinguistics. She was considered one of the outstanding contributors to Latin American Linguistics. At UCLA, she was a founding member and director of both the UCLA Centro de Estudios del Español de Estados Unidos and the UCLA Centro de Estudios Coloniales Iberoamericanos. Additionally, she assisted in initiating the UC-Mexicanistas, an inter-campus research group on Mexican Studies involving faculty and students from a wide range of academic disciplines from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. She was a most productive scholar, and an inspiring teacher who was highly admired and loved by her students. Professor Claudia Parodi’s enthusiastic dedication to the study of the Spanish language, particularly Mexican Spanish, Los Angeles Spanish, and Mexican Culture has been a constant source of inspiration for students and scholars alike. Professor Parodi was also the recipient of the UCLA Academic Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award 2011-2012. In recognition of Professor Claudia Parodi’s extraordinary legacy to the field, this prize was created to honor students’ outstanding academic achievement in Spanish Linguistics.