Katherine Ward

Email: klward3@wisc.edu

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Katherine is a PhD candidate in Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Curriculum & Instruction from UW-Madison’s School of Education. Her research centers on perceptions of bilingualism and minoritized language contact phenomena in school settings—e.g., Spanish-English bilingual education in the U.S. and Kichwa-Spanish bilingual education in Ecuador, where she lived and worked for several years. In her dissertation, she studies perceptions of Kichwa-Spanish linguistic diversity by teachers in Ecuador’s Intercultural Bilingual Education system as a case study in combatting linguistic discrimination in schools worldwide. Katherine received a BA in Spanish from Pacific University, Oregon and an MA in Spanish with a concentration in Linguistics from UW-Madison.

Awards and Honors 

  • 2022 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellow (Ecuador; June-December 2023)
  • 2022-2023 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow for the study of Quechua
  • Summer 2022 Department of Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Research Award
  • 2021-2022 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow for the study of Quechua
  • 2020 Ray Harris Hispanic Linguistics Award
  • Spring 2019 Graduate Student Best Paper Award
  • Spring 2019 University Housing Honored Instructor