Mónica Cantero-Exojo earned her Licenciatura in Spanish Philology  and Doctoral degree in Romance Philology (Linguistics) from the University of Barcelona. The framework of her research is Cultural Linguistics where she examines cultural-pragmatics and sociolinguistic representations of words, images and metaphors. She is also trained in Forensic Linguistics.

Her scholarly articles have appeared in the journals Arizona Journal of Cultural Studies, Film-HistoryFilología y LingüísticaDevelopmental Science, and Journal of Comparative Psychology among others. She has also book chapters in Research on Spanish in the USHistòria & CinemaVisions of Struggle in Women’s Filmmaking in the Mediterranean. Her most recent work uses mapping to examine how social movements construct narratives of social justice using graffiti (images/words) in the urban space.  At Drew she teaches a variety of language, linguistics and cinema courses, including The Spanish Civil War, Cinematic Discourse, Spanish for Business and Contemporary Spanish Cinema. She created, implemented and directed a 4-weeks language and culture program in Barcelona. This program was pioneer in offering students opportunities to study abroad guided by Drew faculty. This program has been successfully running for over 15 years.  In 2019, she was nominated for the Faculty Teaching Award.