Madeleine Stewart


Madeleine Stewart
  • M.A. Student
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall
Lawrence

Biography

Madeleine Stewart (Minneapolis, Kansas and Phoenix, Arizona) is a first year M.A. student in the Linguistics department. Her academic interests encompass neuro- and psycholinguistics as well as second language acquisition, three complementary fields for which she's prepared by obtaining language degrees (B.A., Spanish Linguistics and Minor, German), a psychology degree (B.A.), and a TESOL certificate from Arizona State University. Her undergraduate senior thesis, titled the Benefits of Childhood Bilingualism, dabbled in these topics under the guidance of Dr. Viridiana Benitez (ASU). Madeleine intends to pursue further education to engage with research on the linguistic consequences of neuro- and psychopathologies and the cognitive effects of language learning. 

Madeleine also endeavors to maintain and improve her polyglot status, already speaking four languages (English native, Spanish C2, German B1, and Portuguese A2). This is not just to achieve a higher level of global inclusion, but also to unlock the inherent beauty of languages that unjustly falls short in translations. In her personal life, she spends time trying to give back to her community by volunteering at the Lawrence Humane Society or engaging with her chosen creative outlet: singing.

Research

Research interests:

  • How the brain reacts to language in the presence of some psycho- or neuropathology
  • Second language acquisition and its cognitive effects

Teaching

Teaching interests:

  • Linguistics
  • Foreign languages
  • Psychology