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 has volunteered for the Prison University Project teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the US citizenship exam, and at the Dilley Pro Bono Project in Texas and Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico, helping asylum seekers articulate their fear of return claims. She has focused on developing meaningful partnerships with some of these organizations to offer students real-life experiences with Spanish-speaking communities to raise awareness about other cultures (and their own), grow their intercultural skills, and develop identities as engaged citizens.
Brates, V., Del Carpio, C., Miano, A., Houts, P., Carvajal, I., & Barco, M. (2018). Abriendo caminos: Breaking new ground in community-engaged learning. Engaging the world: Social pedagogies and language learning (Vol. 2017). Cenage.
Miano, A. A., Bernhardt, E. B., & Brates, V. (2016). Exploring the Effects of a Short-Term Spanish Immersion Program in a Postsecondary Setting. FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS, 49(2), 287–301.
Brates, V. (1990). Theater and Censorship in Argentina. Reflexiones sobre teatro latinoamericano del siglo XX. Galerna-Lemcke Verlag.