Silvia Rivera Alfaro

Learning about Hispanic Sociolinguistics in the PhD Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures. I am interested in language, gender, power, and technology. Current projects:


2022 Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, The Graduate Center (CUNY)

2018 Master’s in Linguistics, University of Costa Rica

2013 Bach. Spanish Philology, University of Costa Rica

Academic Interests

Feminist linguistics. Language, gender, and sexuality. Spanish-language

Sociolinguistics. Glotopolitics (Language and politics). 


Refereed publications 
2021 “Gender Neutral Language as an Epistemological Opportunity in Academic Writing.” with Ernesto Cuba. Academic Writing with Gender Perspective. Proposals from Scientific Communication. Coord. César Jiménez- Yañez & Rosalba Mancinas-Chávez. Autonomous University of Baja California & University of Sevilla [peer reviewed]

2019 “Linguistic Planning at the University of Costa Rica: Gender Fair Use of Language Policy, its Execution and Relationship to Proposals of Spanish Speaking Universities.” Journal of Philology and Linguistics of the University of Costa Rica, 45(2)

2019 “Gender Fair Use of Language Linguistic Policy and the Scientific Journals of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) .” with Eida Martínez Rocha. e-Ciencias de la Información 9(2).

2016 “Learning Spanish from Telenovelas?: a Contribution from the Perspective of the Romanian Audience.” Revista de Lenguas Modernas, 25, 411-423. 


2022 A glottopolitical approach to the Americas. Journal of Latin American Geography 22(1), cover. 

2019  ¿Hola? [Comic book.] San José, Costa Rica: Zapatos en la Cabeza


Digital Fellow, GC Digital Initiatives, CUNY Graduate Center