Elena Costello Tzintzun

Elena  Costello Tzintzun

Elena Costello Tzintzun

Graduate Fellow


236 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH

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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

Tutoring & Translating Services

  • Spanish to English simultaneous interpretation
  • Conference interpretation and translation


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. 

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