Diana Pulido

Diana Pulido

Assistant Professor

Foreign Language Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 528M
Tuesday: 12:45-3:45

(512) 232-2163

(512) 471-8460

Mailing Address
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5700


Dr. Pulido has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is faculty in Foreign Language Education. Her primary research investigates second language reading development and vocabulary acquisition. She conducts multi-componential studies addressing the roles of individual differences in second language learning and literacy development. Current projects are measuring the effects of genre and reading and vocabulary tasks on second language reading and vocabulary performance. She is also investigating second language reading and the relationships between factors such as second language lexical and grammatical knowledge, motivation, meta-cognitive knowledge, working memory, intelligence, aptitude, language use and interaction habits, and native language verbal ability. She has published articles in leading journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Applied Linguistics, Language Learning, and Reading in a Foreign Language and gives talks on her research findings at prominent national and international conferences. She has over 10 years of experience teaching all levels of university Spanish and has also taught English as a foreign language in Madrid, Spain, in the private sector. She has held positions in Spanish Pedagogy and Second Language Studies and previously served as Director of Spanish Language Instruction at Washington State University.


PhD - University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (2000) - Spanish with certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE)

MA - University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1995) - Romance Linguistics

BA - Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (1988) - Spanish, Latin American Emphasis

Representative Publications

Pulido, D. (2009). How involved are American L2 learners of Spanish in lexical input processing tasks during reading? Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 31, 31-58. (Cambridge University Press).

Pulido, D. (2009). Vocabulary processing and acquisition through reading: Evidence for the rich getting richer. In Second Language Reading Research and Instruction: Crossing the Boundaries (Eds. ZhaoHong Han and Neil J. Anderson), 65-82. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Pulido, D. (2008). [with D.Z. Hambrick]. The virtuous circle: Modeling individual differences in L2 reading and vocabulary growth. Reading in a Foreign Language: Special Issue on Reading and Vocabulary, 20, 2, 164-190. (University of Hawai'i and the National Foreign Language Resource Center).

Pulido, D. (2007). The relationship between text comprehension and second language incidental vocabulary acquisition: A matter of topic familiarity? In K. Koda (Ed.), Reading and Language Learning (155-199). Best of Language Learning Series. (Blackwell Publishing)

Pulido, D. (2007). The effects of topic familiarity and passage sight vocabulary on L2 lexical inferencing and retention through reading. Applied Linguistics, 28, 1, 66-86. (Oxford University Press)