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Professor Carol A. Klee

Education: PhD in Hispanic Linguistics

Affiliation: University of Minnesota, USA


University of Minnesota

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

214 Folwell Hall

9 Pleasant St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455


Phone: +1-612/625-9521






Carol A. Klee (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. In addition, she serves as Director of the National Resource Center on Western European Studies. She has also served as Coordinator of the University Immersion Project of the National Language Resource Center in the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) and Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship in the Office of International Programs. Her research interests include Spanish sociolinguistics, language contact, and content-based language instruction. She is co-author of Lingüística aplicada: la adquisición del español como segunda lengua [Applied Linguistics: The Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language] (Wiley, 2003 & 2013) and El español en contacto con otras lenguas [Spanish in Contact with Other Languages] (Georgetown, 2009) and has published articles on dialect contact in Lima, Peru, Spanish-Quechua language contact, Spanish in the U.S., and second language acquisition. She has edited several collections of research including Sociolinguistics of the Spanish-Speaking World (Bilingual Press, 1991) and Faces in a Crowd: The Individual Learner in Multisection Courses (Heinle & Heinle, 1994) and co-edited The Interaction of Social and Cognitive Factors in Second Language Acquisition (Cascadilla, 2000). She was President of the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Language Programs, served on the Executive Council of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and as President of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA and was on the Board of Directors of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS). She served on the Editorial Board of the Modern Language Journal and is currently on the Editorial Boards of Spanish in Context and the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators' series on Issues in Language Program Direction.

Selected Publications