Elena Costello Tzintzun

Graduate Fellow
Graduate Student

Elena Costello is a doctoral student in linguistics and cultural studies. Her areas of expertise include heritage language learners as part of Latinx cultural studies; the role of interpreters in health care; and accessibility to health care based on cultures, discourses, and practices of health with a focus on race, equity, and inclusion. 

Before joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Costello managed La Clinica Latina, a free medical clinic for Spanish-speaking people; worked as pediatric medical interpreter for a Trauma I hospital; organized Sol Con, the first ever African-American & Latino Comic Expo; and worked as a consultant for the Mexican government on promoting access to rural health care. 

Costello is a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow and Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) Fellow. 

In her free time, Costello competes on the university triathlon team and looks forward to competing at World Championships. 

Areas of Expertise
  • Spanish as a Heritage Language
  • Language and Health Care
  • Latinx Studies
  • Ph.D., Spanish, The Ohio State University, 2020 (in progress)
  • M.A., Spanish, The Ohio State University, 2017
  • B.A., Spanish, The Ohio State University, 2007
  • B.A., Economics, The Ohio State University, 2007

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