Modern Languages Department

Mailing Address:
Department of Modern Languages
Campus Box 178
P. O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus,
Plaza Building Suite 118 R

Office Hours:
No office hours this semester, Fall 2019.

Out on sabbatical.

Expertise Areas:
Hispanic Linguistics; Spanish in the United States; Bilingualism; Phonetics; History of the Spanish Language

Ph.D. University of New Mexico
M.A. University of New Mexico
B.A. University of Colorado-Boulder

Dr. Jenkins is a sociolinguist who focuses on Spanish in the southwestern United States. His current research focus is on the rapid growth of the Spanish-speaking population in the western United States and the relationship between Spanish language use and social factors in this area.

Dr. Jenkins won the CLAS award for excellence in teaching in 2005 and again in 2009, along with the award for excellence in service in 2009.

Dr. Jenkins has been Chair of the Department of Modern Languages since January of 2011.

2013. "El suroeste creciente: Un breve análisis sociodemográfico de la población hispanohablante de los Estados Unidos." In El español en los Estados Unidos: E Pluribus Unum? Enfoques Multidisciplinarios, Domnita Dumitrescu and Gerardo Piña-Rosales, editors. Madrid/New York: Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. 31-45.

2010. "The state(s) of Spanish in the Southwest: A comparative study of language maintenance and socioeconomic variables." In Spanish of the Southwest: A language of transition, Susana Rivera-Mills and Daniel Villa, eds. Madrid: Iberoamericana, 133-56.

2009. "As the Southwest moves north: Population expansion and sociolinguistic implications in the Spanish-speaking Southwest." Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 28.1: 53-69.

2009. "The cost of linguistic loyalty: Socioeconomic factors in the face of shifting demographic trends among Spanish speakers in the Southwest." Spanish in Context 6.1: 7-25.

2005 (with R.E. McCullough). "Out with the old, in with the new?: Recent trends in Spanish language use in Colorado." Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 24: 91-110.

2003. "Bilingual verb constructions in Southwest Spanish." The Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingüe, 27.3:195-204.

SPAN 3010 Advanced Conversation & Composition I
SPAN 3020 Advanced Conversation & Composition II
SPAN 3060 Spanish Phonetics
SPAN 3270 Bilingual Communities: Spanish as a Language of Contact
SPAN 3225 Special Topics in Hispanic Culture: El Béisbol
SPAN 4010/5010 History of the Spanish Language
SPAN 4020/5020 Spanish Sociolinguistics
SPAN 4060/5060 Dialects of the Spanish-speaking World
SPAN 4076/5076 Spanish in Colorado
SPAN 4080/5980 Spanish in the United States