But after discovering that he preferred reading on his own to studying literature in a university setting, he switched his major to linguistics.
“I was, and still am, fascinated by the philosophical aspect of linguistics,” says Bruzos, who went on to earn his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of León. “How does meaning work? How can we even understand each other through sound waves and inscribed signs?” he says.
After serving as a Spanish-language instructor in Spain during and after his Ph.D. studies, Bruzos, who came to Princeton in 2005, became particularly interested in how languages are taught. His research focuses on the approaches to foreign-language education and the historical and sociological context surrounding it.