Bio


Vivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus on Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as a Human Rights Observer and Election Monitor with the United Nations and the OAS in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala, as well as an advocate and lobbyist in Washington DC. She has worked at Stanford since 2005, and also volunteered for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the US citizenship exam, and more recently at the CARA Project helping detained mothers and children in the border prepare for the asylum process. She is focused on developing meaningful partnerships in the community to offer students real-life experiences with Spanish-speaking immigrants to raise awareness about other cultures (and their own), grow their intercultural skills, and develop identities as engaged citizens.

Academic Appointments


Honors & Awards


  • Stanford Partnership Award, Stanford Office of Public Service (2016)
  • Global Engagement Initiative Award, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2016)
  • Certificate of Recognition, State of California Senate (2016)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Abriendo caminos: Breaking new ground in community-engaged learning Engaging the world: Social pedagogies and language learning Brates, V., Del Carpio, C., Miano, A., Houts, P., Carvajal, I., Barco, M. Cenage. 2018
  • Exploring the Effects of a Short-Term Spanish Immersion Program in a Postsecondary Setting FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS Miano, A. A., Bernhardt, E. B., Brates, V. 2016; 49 (2): 287-301

    View details for DOI 10.1111/flan.12194

    View details for Web of Science ID 000379551100008

  • Theater and Censorship in Argentina Reflexiones sobre teatro latinoamericano del siglo XX Brates, V. Galerna-Lemcke Verlag. 1990