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Benjamin Schmeiser is an associate professor of Spanish Linguistics at Illinois State University. He earned his PhD in Spanish Linguistics, with a specialization in Phonetics and Phonology, from the University of California, Davis in 2006. 

Since entering the teaching field in 1994, he has taught Spanish at many levels, ranging from elementary, junior high, and high school to junior college and the university. He has also taught English and Portuguese at the university level. As an assistant professor, he received Honorable Mention for excellence in teaching in 2011. He was awarded tenure in 2012. As an associate professor, he was the co-recipient of the Kenneth A. and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. He has twice been recognized as an ‘MVP professor’ by student-athletes. He teaches courses in Spanish (Linguistics, grammar, writing, conversation), Portuguese, and English (European Film).   

His research concentrates on Spanish, Portuguese, and Pali, as well as general areas of phonetics and phonology in cross-linguistic terms. In sum, he has either taught, conducted field work, presented and/or published his research in the United States, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Japan, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. Within the United States, he has taught in five states, namely California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Kentucky.  


Contact Information

Benjamin Schmeiser, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4300
Normal, IL  61790
Phone: (309) 438-7703
Fax: (309) 438-8038

Office: Stevenson 241

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