Holly Cashman

Holly Cashman

Phone: (603) 862-3123
Office: Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Murkland Hall Rm 210H, Durham, NH 03824

Holly R. Cashman is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (LLC) and a core faculty member in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of New Hampshire (USA). She currently serves as chair of LLC and co-coordinator of Queer Studies. Her research focuses on Spanish in the U.S., bilingual conversation, queer linguistics, and impoliteness. Her book Queer, Latinx, & Bilingual: Narrative Resources in the Negotiation of Identities (Routledge, 2018) was shortlisted for the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) book prize. Cashman was recently named co-editor of the Cambridge Elements series in Language, Gender and Sexuality with Helen Sauntson, York St John University, UK . Her work has been published in journals such as Language in Society, Gender & Language, Spanish in Context, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Multilingua. She has also contributed chapters to The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality (Kira Hall & Rusty Barrett, eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Spanish as a Heritage Language (Kim Potowski, ed.), A Sociolinguistics of Diaspora: Latino practices, identities & ideologies (Rosina Márquez-Reiter & Luisa Martín Rojo, eds.), and The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism (Li Wei & Melissa G. Moyer, eds.).

Cashman is the president of the International Gender and Language Association (IGALA), and is also a past president of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO). She is president of the Executive Board of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) of the Modern Languages Association. Cashman won the Kidder Award for faculty in 2019, which honors “those who, through their scholarship, leadership, or outstanding efforts, foster greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender expression at the University of New Hampshire and the Pink Triangle Award (2013-2014) for ""outstanding contributions to efforts for equity and visibility for the UNH GLBT community"" at UNH. She was awarded a President’s Good Steward Award (UNH, 2018) from the New Hampshire College Compact, which recognizes "a member of the faculty, administration or staff member who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and who has significantly advanced public service on their campus”, and her presentation on 'Approaches & Activities for LGBTQ-Inclusive Language Classrooms' was voted ""Best of New Hampshire"" at the 2016 New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers (NHAWLT).

Cashman is on sabbatical in Spring 2021 semester working on a co-authored manuscript on Codeswitching for Oxford University Press with Jeff MacSwan (University of Maryland), among other projects.

Courses Taught

  • HONR 799H: Honors Thesis Completion
  • LLC 595: Language Practicum
  • LLC 790: World Languages Capstone
  • SPAN 595: Practicum
  • SPAN 641: Spanish Lang Variation/Change
  • SPAN 798/898: Top Hispanic Ling & Cult Study
  • WS 505: Survey in Women's Studies
  • WS 796: Advanced Topics


  • Ph.D., Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Spanish, Hood College
  • B.A., Art History,Criticism&Conserv., Hood College

Research Interests

  • Conversational interaction
  • Linguistic politeness
  • Queer Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Spanish in the U.S.

Selected Publications

  • Cashman, H. (2018). Queer, Latinx, and Bilingual: Narrative Resources in the Negotiation of Identities. Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/

  • Cashman, H. R., & Raymond, C. W. (2014). Making gender relevant in Spanish-language sports broadcast discourse. GENDER AND LANGUAGE, 8(3), 311-340. doi:10.1558/genl.v8i3.311

  • Cashman, H. R. (2012). Homophobic slurs and public apologies: The discursive struggle over fag/maricon in public discourse. MULTILINGUA-JOURNAL OF CROSS-CULTURAL AND INTERLANGUAGE COMMUNICATION, 31(1), 55-81. doi:10.1515/mult.2012.003