Irene Ramos Arbolí was born in Seville, Spain. After she graduated from college with a major in English language and literature, she moved to the United States, where she spent 7 years teaching Spanish in college. While expanding on her professional life, she earned two master’s degrees, from Ohio University in Spanish language and literature, and from North Carolina State University in Hispanic linguistics. Her last two years in the US were spent at Ohio State University, where she balanced her work as a Spanish lecturer with her graduate classes. Among her academic interests, bilingualism and learning Spanish as a second language in the US hold an important place, so much so that she is currently pursuing her PhD on those topics from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville.