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 sociolinguistic concepts in interpreting and translation, applying sociolinguistic research on the teaching of heritage languages, or by analyzing the linguistic 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 has taught at Georgetown University, The University of Texas-Pan American (now UTRGV), Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, and the University of New Orleans. In addition, he has also taught online courses for TYLA (Texas Young Lawyers Association), Bracewell LLP, and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Dr. Romero holds B.A.s in Spanish, Linguistics, and French from Rice University (2002), a Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University (2009), an MA in Public Health from the University of Texas-Health Science Center (2021), and an MA in Translation from Kent State University (2022). Dr. Romero is certified by the American Translators Association (2018) and he holds certificates in Medical Interpretation (2014) and Criminal Proceedings Interpretation (2017) from the Southern California School of Interpretation, as well as an Advanced Professional Analytic Linguist Certificate from Montclair State University (2020). He is also a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter® (2018).
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