Ian J. Gates is a first-year graduate student of Hispanic Cultural Studies at Villanova University. Ian graduated magna cum laude from Houghton College in 2012 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, and later earned an M.A. of Applied Linguistics/TESOL in 2014 from Old Dominion University. In 2016, he was elected to Sigma Delta Pi. He has taught Spanish at Villanova University, as well as English as a Second Language for St. Joseph’s University and Tidewater Community College. Ian worked on the iHelp sociolinguistics project with Bill Labov at the University of Pennsylvania, and has studied abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica. In addition to his academic pursuits, Ian serves part-time as a lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He is currently assigned as a battalion command language program manager in charge of training for 50 foreign-language interpreters. Ian currently plans to pursue a diplomatic career in the federal government, and eventually earn a doctoral degree in a related field. Finally, at the end of the day he gets to go home to his loving wife Kimberly, who he’s been smitten with since about the fifth grade.