Dr. Ian Romain

Dr. Ian Romain

Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty
Co-Director, Global Communication and World Languages
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of World Languages and Cultures
School of Communication; Communication Studies
Office Location: Becket Building 126
Office Hours: F 1-2 PM and by appointment (or Zoom on TH 2-3)
Phone: 714-289-2079
University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D.


Dr. Ian Romain (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) is an Instructional Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Chapman University. He serves as Co-Director for the Global Communication and World Languages undergraduate program and is a faculty affiliate in the School of Communication. Professor Romain received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2015 with a specialization in Spanish Linguistics. His research explores syntactic features (such as personal/object pronouns) that are used differently across regional dialects of Spain and Latin America. He is currently the advisor to the Chapman Spanish Club, Madrid Summer Internship program, as well as a lead faculty on the Buenos Aires travel course offered in Interterm.  

Before becoming a full-time faculty member at Chapman University in 2021, Prof. Romain completed his post-doctoral research at UCLA and lectured at Chapman and Cal State Fullerton. At the university level, he has taught linguistics courses in English and Spanish, Latin American civilization and culture, as well as Spanish and Portuguese language classes. He was received as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2007. In 2019, he contributed to the creation of the Chapman University travel courses to Barcelona, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and served as accompanying faculty on the inaugural trips.  

Courses Taught:

  • SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish I
  • SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish II
  • SPAN 201 - Intermediate Spanish I
  • ENG 271 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • SPAN 396 – Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • SPAN 441 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology