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Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya

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Office: Centennial 144
Phone: 512.245.7271

Curriculum Vita

Biography: Yasmine Beale-Rivaya received her PhD in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006 and holds the rank of Associate professor at Texas State.

Research Interests: Dr. Beale-Rivaya’s research centers on language contact, change, and borrowing in borderland communities. Her main area of focus is evidence of language contact between Romance and Semitic languages among communities, especially the Mozarabic (Arabized-Christians) communities, living between the Andalusí and Christian frontier from the ninth to the early fourteenth century in Medieval Iberia. Dr. Beale-Rivaya maintains a parallel line of research where she studies contact between Spanish and English, and Spanish and Indigenous Languages along borderland areas of the United States and Mexico.

Dr. Beale-Rivaya maintains an active scholarly agenda and publishes in journals such as e-humanista, La Corónica y American Speech and in 2012 received the John K. Walsh award for “Best Article of the Year” for her article in La Corónica. She is currently editing a volume on Shared Spaces in Medieval Toledo with Brill as well as on another edited book, with co-editor Dr. Ainoa Castro, titled From Visigothic to Caroline to Gothic: Studies in the Cultural History of Iberian Scripts. Dr. Beale-Rivaya is also part of the team of researchers working on the Geral Estoria titled Confluence of Religious Cultures in Medieval Spanish Historiography: A Digital Humanities Project.

Dr. Beale-Rivaya is currently a member of the MLA General Linguistics Committee as well as a member of the MLA Delegate Assembly. She has served as President of the Texas Medieval Association and is a member of the Board of the La Corónica journal.

Current project:
eHumanista Special Coordinated Volume. CFPs

Forthcoming Edited Book:
Beale-Rivaya, Yasmine and Jason Busic. A COMPANION TO MEDIEVAL TOLEDO: Reconsidering the Canons. New Readings of Medieval Toledo (ca. 711-1517). 2018
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She also served as President of the Texas Medieval Association and its conference in 2015.

TEMA 2015 Conference Website

The Multi-Cultural Borderlands of Medieval Toledo Symposium 2019

She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Hispanic Linguistics and has served as the Coordinator for First Year Spanish Courses from 2012-2016.

Courses Taught:


SPAN 5318 Spanish Grammar and Composition

SPAN 5322 Spanish for the Professions- service learning

SPAN 5320 History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 5600 Internship Abroad

SPAN 5399A Thesis Course


SPAN 2310 Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 2320 Intermediate Spanish II

SPAN 3308 Advanced Spanish Composition

SPAN 3311 Business Spanish I

SPAN 3312 Business Spanish II

SPAN 3340 Intermediate Spanish Grammar

SPAN 4340 Advanced Spanish Grammar

SPAN 4311 History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 4312 Contemporary Issues of Hispanic Linguistics