Ian 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.