About UsVanesa Rodríguez Tembrás
International Academic Programs / Center for Galician Studies, Research Associate
Vanesa Rodríguez Tembrás is a research associate and lecturer at Heidelberg University and a guest lecturer at the University of Vienna. She studied communication, linguistics, and literature at the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Valladolid, and the University of Seville. She successfully defended her doctoral thesis on Code-switching in bilingual medical consultations at Heidelberg University in November 2022.
Currently, she is a research associate and the director’s assistant at the Centro de Estudos Galegos (HCIAS) and is responsible for the center's international academic agreement with the University of Vienna. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the DAAD-funded teaching project "Communication and Society in Ibero-America – CS@Ibero-America_PLUS". She is also the coordinator of two DAAD-funded international study programs: the Master's program variants with a double degree in “Specialized Translation and Cultural Mediation” (in cooperation with the Universidad de Salamanca) and “Specialized Translation and Translation Technologies” (in cooperation with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).
Vanesa's doctoral dissertation examined the use of code-switching in bilingual family doctor-patient interactions (Spanish-Galician). She is particularly interested in the power of communication in healthcare and the communicative and social impact of using the precise words in the right language. Her research interests include multilingualism in professional settings, language contact phenomena, human-machine interaction, Galician linguistics, and teaching Galician as a foreign language.
During her doctoral training, she received several scholarships, including a research stay at Harvard University funded by the DAAD (2019). During this research stay, she was a visiting scholar at Rhode Island University and presented her project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was also awarded a full scholarship by the Google Faculty Institute to attend a workshop on Machine Learning (Sunnyvale, California, 2018), and received support for attending various conferences from the Viggo Brøndal Fond, Knud Henders Legatfond, and the Oticon Fond.
Vanesa Rodríguez Tembrás
Heidelberg Center for Ibero-American Studies - HCIAS
Brunnengasse 1 69117, Heidelberg