Kim Geeslin

Kim Geeslin

Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Associate Vice Provost, Faculty and Academic Affairs


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1999
  • M.A., University of Arizona, 1995
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1993


  • College of Arts and Sciences, David and Cheryl Morley Career Distinguished Teaching Award (2019)
  • College Arts & Humanities Institute, grant to support roundtable speakers at Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology (CASPSLaP), Fall 2017
  • Faculty Research Support Program – Seed Funding, grant to support project on “Psycholinguistic processing of variable structures in second language Spanish,” Fall 2015
  • Indiana University Trustee’s Teaching Award (2001-2002, 2007-2008, 2011-2012)
  • Department of Spanish & Portuguese, GSAC Outstanding Mentor Award, 2006, 2012
  • Indiana University FACET Award, 2005

Representative publications

A comparison of copula choice: Native Spanish speakers and advanced learners.(2003)
Kimberly L Geeslin
Language Learning, 53 (4), 703-764

Second language acquisition of variable structures in Spanish by Portuguese speakers.(2006)
Kimberly L Geeslin and Pedro Guijarro‐Fuentes
Language learning, 56 (1), 53-107

A new approach to the second language acquisition of copula choice in Spanish.(2000)
Kimberly Geeslin
Spanish Applied Linguistics at the Turn of the Millennium: Papers from the 1999 Conference on the L1 & L2 Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese, 50-66

The development of L2 Spanish intonation during a study abroad immersion program in León, Spain: Global contours and final boundary movements.(2010)
Nicholas C Henriksen, Kimberly L Geeslin and Erik W Willis
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 3 (1), 113-162

Sociolinguistics and second language acquisition: Learning to use language in context.(2014)
Kimberly L Geeslin and Avizia Yim Long

Comparing interview and written elicitation tasks in native and non-native data: Do speakers do what we think they do.(2008)
Kimberly L Geeslin and Aarnes Gudmestad
Selected proceedings of the 10th Hispanic linguistics symposium, 64-77

An exploration of the range and frequency of occurrence of forms in potentially variable structures in second-language Spanish.(2010)
Kimberly L Geeslin and Aarnes Gudmestad
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 32 (3), 433-463

The acquisition of Spanish copula choice and its relationship to language change.(2002)
Kimberly L Geeslin
Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 24 (3), 419-450

The acquisition of copula choice in instructed Spanish: The role of individual characteristics.(2005)
Kimberly Geeslin and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
Studies in the Acquisition of the Hispanic Languages: Papers from the 6th Conference on the Acquisition of Spanish and Portuguese as First and Second Languages, 66-77

Variation in contemporary Spanish: Linguistic predictors of estar in four cases of language contact*.(2008)
Kimberly L Geeslin and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes
Bilingualism: Language and cognition, 11 (3), 365-380

The acquisition of variation in second-language Spanish: An agenda for integrating studies of the L2 sound system.(2008)
Kimberly L Geeslin and Aarnes Gudmestad
Journal of Applied Linguistics, 5 (2),

Variable subject expression in second-language Spanish: A comparison of native and non-native speakers.(2008)
Kimberly Geeslin and Aarnes Gudmestad
Selected proceedings of the 2007 second language research forum, 69-85

Variation in L2 Spanish: The state of the discipline.(2011)
Kimberly L Geeslin
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 4 (2), 461-518

Student self-assessment in the foreign language classroom: The place of authentic assessment instruments in the Spanish language classroom.(2003)
Kimberly L Geeslin
Hispania, 857-868