Maria M. Carreira, Ph.D

María M. Carreira, Ph.D

Professor of SpanishCarreira240

California State University, Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840 | Office: AS 333


Research Interests

Maria Carreira’s research focuses on heritage languages, with a concentration in Spanish in the US as well as the less commonly taught languages. Her recent work focuses on identity, resilience, and heritage language development and maintenance. She is also co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA, Chair of the SAT Spanish Committee, and Associate Editor of Hispania.


1990 University of Illinois, Ph.D. in Linguistics

1984 Loyola University of Chicago, B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science

Select Publications

  • Heritage Language Journal, Special Issue on Identity, Fall 2010. Vol.7, No. 2, guest editor with Nelleke Van Deusen Scholl
  • Spaine-Long, S., Carreira, M., Madrigal, S. and Swanson, K. (2011) Alianzas. Cengage.
  • Carreira, M. and Geoffrion-Vinci, M. (2008). Sí se puede: Un curso transicional para hispanohablantes. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Spaine-Long, S., Carreira, M., Madrigal, S. and Swanson, K. (2004, 2007) Nexos: A First Year Spanish Textbook., Houghton Mifflin Co.
  • Spaine-Long, S., Carreira, M., Madrigal, S. and Swanson, K. (2006). Nexos Media Edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.
  • Carreira, M. (in press). Meeting the Instructional Needs of Heritage Language Learners: Approaches, Strategies, and Research. In S. Beaudrie and M. Fairclough, Spanish as a Heritage Language in the US: State of the Science. Georgetown University Press.
  • Carreira, M. and Potowski. K. (2011). Spanish in the United States. The polyglot boarding house: Languages in the United States. In K. Potowski and S. McGinnis (Eds.). Clevendon: Multilingual Matters.
  • Carreira, M. and Kagan, O. (2011). The Results of the National Heritage Language Survey: Implications for teaching, curriculum design, and professional development. Foreign Language Annals.
  • Carreira, M. (2011). The Making and Breaking of Language Ideologies. International Multilingual Research Journal.
  • Carreira, M. and Wijaya, J. (2010). A Curriculum for Teaching Indonesian in Classes with Diverse Learners. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Select Awards and Grants

  • Title VI Grant, project Co-Director. Materials Development. National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA
  • Sociological Initiatives Foundation, Research Grant
  • Most Valuable Professor, College of Liberal Arts, CSU, Long Beach, 2001
  • Second place, Outstanding Latina Educator for the State of California, 2000
  • Title VII Department of Education Grant to design a Spanish-for-Native-Speakers program for Westminster High School, Westminster, CA, 1999-2002