Karol J. Hardin

Karol J. Hardin
Associate Professor of Spanish
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Research/Teaching Interests

  • Spanish Linguistics (Applied Linguistics)

  • Medical Spanish

  • Spanish Pragmatics (Persuasive Discourse, Lying)


Ph.D., Ibero-Romance Linguistics and Philology, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

M.A., Ibero-Romance Linguistics and Philology, University of Texas at Austin, 1992

B.S., Secondary Education (Spanish, Math, English), Baylor University, 1987

Courses Taught at Baylor

  • Elementary Spanish I & II (SPA 1301 & 1302)

  • Intermediate Spanish (SPA 2310)

  • Exploring the Spanish-Speaking World (SPA 2320)

  • Intermediate Spanish for Medical Professions (SPA 2321)

  • Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (SPA 3309)

  • Spanish Phonology and Morphology (SPA 4303)

  • Spanish Semantics and Pragmatics (SPA 4305)

  • Advanced Spanish for Medical Professions (SPA 4321)

  • Undergraduate Independent Study (SPA 4V90)

  • Topics in Linguistics (SPA 5388)

  • Graduate Independent Study (SPA 5V90)
  • M.A. Thesis (SPA 5V99)

  • Honors Supervised Independent Readings (HON 3100/3101)

  • Honors Thesis (HON 4V87)

  • Continuing Education Spanish for Medical Personnel

Selected Publications


Karol Hardin & Allyson Irom. Español conversacional para profesiones médicas: Manual de actividades [Conversational Spanish for Medical Professions: Activity Manual]. Second edition. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing, 2018.

Karol Hardin. Pragmatics of Persuasive Discourse in Spanish Television Advertising. SIL International and The University of Texas at Arlington Joint Publications in Linguistics: Dallas, TX, 2001.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Pragmatics and medical discourse." In The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics. Ed. D. Koike and C. Félix-Brasdefer (Philadelphia: Routledge, 2020).

  • Abigail Allison & Karol Hardin. "Missed opportunities to build rapport: A pragmalinguistic analysis of interpreted medical interviews with Spanish-speaking patients." Health Communication 35.4 (2020): 494-501. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2019.1567446.

  • "Linguistic approaches to lying and deception." In The Oxford Handbook of Lying. Ed. J. Meibauer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019). doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198736578.013.4.

  • "An overview of medical Spanish curricula in the United States. State-of-the-State Feature Article: Medical Spanish in the United States." Hispania 98.4 (2015): 640-661. doi:10.1353/hpn.2015.0118.

  • Karol Hardin & D. Mike Hardin Jr. "Medical Spanish programs: A critical review of published studies and a proposal of best practices." Teaching and Learning in Medicine 25.4 (2013): 306–311. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2013.827974

  • "Targeting oral and cultural proficiency for medical personnel: An examination of current medical Spanish textbooks." Hispania 95.4 (2012): 698–713. doi:10.1353/hpn.2012.0139.

  • "The Spanish notion of lie: Revisiting Coleman and Kay." Journal of Pragmatics 42.12 (2010): 3199–3213.

Full Resume

Curriculum Vitae