Dr. Satterfield is a formally trained linguist who is also trained in complex systems modeling. She received her M.A. in Spanish Linguistics (University of Illinois-Chicago, 1990) and her Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics (University of Iowa, 1995). She taught in the Linguistics departments at both Indiana and Michigan, beginning her career as an Assistant Professor in 1997 at the University of Michigan, where she continues to mentor students in linguistics and in Romance languages in the departments of Linguistics and Romance Languages and Literatures. Her research on language acquisition, particularly Spanish-speaking and bilingual English-Spanish bilinguals, is particularly relevant to the Center’s interdisciplinary groups on language and literacy; her complex systems approach to modeling acquisition data will further contribute to language and literacy and developmental methodology. She is Co-Director of the "En Nuestra Lengua" Literacy and Culture Project, an Ann Arbor Saturday school program for Spanish heritage language children, ages 3-10.