Dr. Carla Suhr joined the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA in 2016 after finishing her PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Professor Suhr focuses her academic work on the integration of culture, language, and cognition as a way to improve cross-cultural communication and inclusive teaching.

She has worked in the field of Spanish linguistics and service-learning for the past 13 years at organizations such as Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of New Haven, and her experience as a Spanish teacher trainer provides her the ability to implement diverse teaching strategies towards a specific project, program, and course. She cofounded IDESLI International Institute of Linguistics in San Francisco in 2009, where she directed the Language Courses and developed programs geared to industries conducting businesses with Spanish-speaking countries and professionals as well as non-profit organizations working with the Latino community.

She currently teaches Spanish and Service-learning courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA, from which she emphasizes the positive learning outcomes attained from connecting students with the community. Learn more about these courses here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbXr-3-YXLI.

Her current area of research is within the cognitive sciences, specifically on conceptualization processes and how this understanding enables us to acquire strategies as a valuable tool for Second Language Acquisition.


Ph.D. (2016) Comunicación Intercultural y Cognición. Intercultural Communication and Cognition, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Dissertation thesis: Interlinguistic lexical study of emotive stereotypes Dir: Enrique Bernárdez

M.A (2008) Intercultural Communication and Cognition, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

M.A (2006) Teaching Spanish As a Second Language, Universidad Complutense de Madrid Dir: Jesus Sanchez Lobato

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

2018 NHLRC Conference

Third International Conference on Heritage / Community Languages

Paper: Joining Forces: From Writing Composition to Service Learning in Enhancing Production in Spanish Heritage Speakers


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