Brandon is a PhD student in Spanish Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also completed his MA in Spanish. Prior to attending UW-Madison, Brandon completed a BA in Spanish at California State University-Northridge, with Honors and MCLL Department recognition for his outstanding achievement. Brandon is interested in all things Southern Cone, where he has spent considerable time, especially the areas of phonetics and phonology. Brandon is further interested in the worldviews and identities of the citizens of the Southern Cone nations and how those views and identities are constructed, challenged, and changed though life experiences. Brandon also loves to teach and strives to make his classes accessible and enjoyable.