A native of Kansas, Dr. Julie Sellers earned Bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and French and a Master’s in Spanish Literature from Kansas State University, and a Master’s in International Studies and a Ph.D. in Education (Adult Learning and Technology) from the University of Wyoming.
Dr. Sellers is a Federally Certified Court Interpreter (Spanish <> English), and she is also a state certified court interpreter (Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania—Master Interpreter).
Dr. Sellers’s research interests include best practices in adult second language acquisition, interpreter training, and Caribbean popular culture and identity. She has published articles in all of these fields. Dr. Sellers has published two books on Dominican music and identity: Merengue and Dominican Identity: Music as National Unifier (2004) and her bilingual text, Bachata and Dominican Identity / La bachata y la identidad dominicana (2014). Dr. Sellers’s third book, The Modern Bachateros: 27 Interviews, is forthcoming from McFarland in 2017.
Prior to coming to BC, Dr. Sellers taught at Fairmont State University (Fairmont, WV), Laramie County Community College and the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY). She was recognized as the West Virginia Foreign Language Teacher of the Year (Post-Secondary) in 2013. Dr. Sellers also worked for the Wyoming Department of Education as the Foreign Language Training and Content Specialist.