CLACS welcomes Liliana Paredes as our new faculty director!

August 31, 2023

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies welcomes Liliana Paredes, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Romance Studies, as new faculty director, taking the place of Ambassador Patrick Duddy who recently stepped down after many years in the position.


Liliana holds a PhD in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Southern California. Her interests range from second language teaching, inclusive and transformative pedagogies, trans-languaging practices in the language class to issues of language justice and linguistic human rights. With Sandra Valnes-Quammen (Director of the French Language Program, Romance Studies), Paredes investigates the effect of a trans-languaging pedagogy to reframe how language learning is understood and enacted to celebrate multiple languages in the classroom and allow students to explore their developing of multilingual identities.In Peru, Paredes’ works in collaboration with Nila Vigil (Red de Formadores en Educación e Interculturalidad de America Latina) exploring identity-based education to foster intercultural practices and enhance the maintenance or revitalization of minoritized languages and their histories and culture.

From the OGA website: “I’m extremely grateful to [Liliana] for stepping into these roles,” said Eve Duffy, Associate Vice Provost for Global Affairs, “while at the same time I’m very mindful and appreciative of the contributions of [Patrick]. Especially during the pandemic, they stepped up and helped us to maintain our community here on campus as well as our ties with the larger world.”

CLACS is a Tile VI Center funded by the Department of Education, conncecting with faculty, students and staff across Duke as well as with community members from Durham and the broader region.