Mitchell D Ingram
Mitch Ingram began his journey as an educator at the elementary level for fourteen years as a general ed., bilingual ed., and dual-language teacher for Austin Independent School District. During this time, he was awarded Teacher of the Year as well as the University of Texas at Austin's Rising Star Teacher recognition. Additionally, he has been an instructor of Conversational Spanish I, II, and III at Austin Community College while simultaneously developing a curriculum to learn Spanish and instructing at the Internal Revenue Service. He has substantial experience as an interpreter and translator, as well as conducting conferences in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.
He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in Spanish (1999) and went on to complete a master's degree in Spanish from Texas State University (2004). Having obtained his Ph.D in Bilingual/Bicultural Education at UT Austin (2020), he is currently a faculty member of the University serving as a clinical professor and coordinator of a bilingual pre-service teacher cohort.
Mitch's current research interest explores the role of humor as a form of cultural capital (navigational, resistant, resilient) as it intersects with the language of minoritized Spanish-speaking students. Mitch seeks to conduct research that acknowledges socio-historical forces while foregrounding the agency and strategies of bilingual speakers living within a culture of linguistic asymmetry. Ultimately, understanding how and why students employ affiliative/disaffiliative relajo, dichos, refranes, modismos, and chistes would aid both teacher educators and classroom teachers to foster this agency for a more equitable education and experience here in the United States.