Susana de los Heros

  • Professor of Spanish
  • Phone: 401.874.4707
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  • Office Location: Swan Hall 107

Susana de los Heros, Curriculum Vitae


Susana is originally from Peru where she obtained her BA in Spanish Language and Literature from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. Susana de los Heros has taught a wide variety of Spanish courses at URI, ranging from beginning Spanish to Spanish Discourse Analysis. She is the Director of the Spanish Master’s Program and the Summer Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain. Her main areas of interest are Spanish sociolinguistics and L1 and L2 pragmatics.

Professional Organizations

Editorial Board, Hispanic Journal of Linguistics, 2014-present
Reviewer, Lenguaje, Cultura y Representación (Journal from the Universidad de Castellón, Spain),Language in Society, Linguistics and Education, Journal of PragmaticsPragso 


Susana de los Heros has done extensive research in the area of Spanish sociolinguistics and pragmatics. She has been particularly interested in uncovering (a) how language ideologies of Spanish emerge, are reproduced and impact educational settings and (b) how discursive strategies are employed in the construction of professional and gender identities. Her publications include the books Utopía y realidad (Vervuert/Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2012) and Fundamentos y modelos del estudio pragmático y socio-pragmático del español (GUP 2012, coedited with Mercedes Niño- Murcia). Her most recent article is “Teaching with and about Humor in the L2 Spanish Classroom”, 2018. Currently, she is exploring the construction of bilingual identities in the US media and on how institutional discourse manifests in the medical sphere.


1997       Ph.D. program in Spanish, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Major concentration: Hispanic Sociolinguistics, Spanish Phonology, Semantics and Pragmatics, Minor concentration:  Spanish Applied Linguistics
1993    M.A. in Spanish, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1988       B.A. in Letras y Ciencias Humanas con mención en Lengua y Literatura, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú

Selected Publications


  • Discurso, identidad y género en el castellano peruano ‘Discourse, identity and gender in Peruvian Spanish’. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2001.
  • UTOPIA y REALIDAD: el valor del estándar y la igualdad lingüística en el ámbito educativo peruano ‘UTOPIA AND REALITY: the value of the standard variety and linguistic equality in the Peruvian educational system’, VERVUERT, Spain/IEP (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, Peru), 2012.
  • Modelos y fundamentos de la pragmática y sociolingüística hispánica, ‘Models and basic notions in Hispanic sociolinguistics and pragmatics’ (Coedited with Mercedes Niño-Murcia). Georgetown University Press, 2012.


  • “Exploring the functions of ‘ASÍ’ in Peruvian Spanish” in Sociolinguistic Change Across the Spanish-speaking World: Case Studies in Honor of Anna Maria Escobar, Talia Bugel and Kim Potowski (Eds.), Susana de los Heros and Margarita Jara. USA: Peter Lang, 2015.
  • “Humor étnico y discriminación en La paisana Jacinta”. Pragmática Sociocultural / Sociocultural Pragmatics. 4 (1), 74–107. 2016.
  • “Household workers’ use of directives to negotiate their identity in the workplace in Lima, Peru” In Identity Struggles. Evidence from Workplaces around the World. Stephanie Schnurr and Dorien Van De Mieroop (Eds.), John Benjamins, 413-431 (in press)
  • “La alternancia de lenguas en los diálogos de East High. Una forma de representación mediática con función afiliativa de la Latinidad” Patricia Giménez-Eguibar and Susana de los Heros In Roles situacionales, interculturalidad y multiculturalidad en encuentros en español Editorial Dunken, Domnita Dumutrescu y Diana Bravo, editoras. Stockholm/Buenos Aires: Editorial Dunken, 33-60 (in press).