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Reynaldo  Romero


Rey Romero is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Houston-Downton, where he directs the Translation minor, the interpreting minor, and supervises the field experience course. Dr. Romero believes that the field of sociolinguistics should be central in ensuring language access to linguistic minorities, whether by incorporating linguistic concepts in interpreting and translation training, applying sociolinguistic research on the teaching of heritage languages, or by analyzing the sociolinguistic implications of language policy, social justice, and their legal and health ramifications. He is also Adjunct Professor of Legal Spanish at the University of Houston’s Law Center, and he has taught at Georgetown University, The University of Texas-Pan American (now UTRGV), Texas A&M University, and the University of Houston.

Dr. Romero was the president of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) for the year 2019-2020. He was awarded a Funded Faculty Leave for his research on Judeo-Spanish in 2017, and the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association awarded him the President’s Award of Merit in 2018 for his CLE course on Spanish for Lawyers.

Dr. Romero is certified by the American Translators Association (2018) and he holds a certificate in Medical Interpretation (2014) and another in Criminal Proceedings Interpretation (2017) from the Southern California School of Interpretation. He is also a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter® (2018).

Dr. Romero holds B.A.s in Spanish Language and Linguistics, Linguistics, and French Language from Rice University (2002), a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University (2009), a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Texas-Health Science Center (2019), and an Advanced Professional Analytic Linguist Certificate from Montclair State University (2020).