Beatriz Cortabarria

Beatriz CortabarriaAssistant Professor of Modern Languages

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B.A., Universal/Interior Design | Empire State College, State University of New York
M.B.A., Averett University
M.A., Translation and Intercultural Studies | Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain)
Ph.D., Translation and Intercultural Studies | Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain)

Professor Cortabarria’s interest in cross-cultural communication stems from her dual heritage and her love for languages. Her experiences negotiating between Basque and Spanish cultures and languages while growing up in Spain provided a unique awareness of the dynamics involved in intercultural communication. Prior to academia, her work in the import-export field allowed her to observe up close the bridging between a variety of cultures and informed her future work. Cortabarria’s area of interest is cultures in contact and the effect this contact has on language transfer decisions, mainly in translation and interpreting, as well as in the norms governing these fields. Her main area of research is Spanish in the United States.

Cortabarria’s translation portfolio includes a vast array of materials, including numerous books on art, design and architecture. She has collaborated in the revision of Spanish grammar books and in the adaptation of dictionaries and glossaries from Peninsular Spanish to Latin American and Neutral Spanish. She teaches intermediate Spanish, Spanish Conversation, Spanish Composition, Medical Spanish, Business Spanish and English-Spanish Translation.