Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes

GlobalEd Visiting Faculty


Currently an independent consultant in Internationalization; Curriculum Development; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Project Development, Dr. Sagasti Suppes has over twenty years of experience in higher education. After receiving an A.B. in Spanish and French with a minor in English from Sweet Briar College, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco. Upon her return to the U.S. she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in modern Latin American literature in Spanish, with a minor in Francophone literature. In graduate school she participated in a study abroad intensive language program through the Alliance Française du Val de Loire, and earned a certificate from the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She’s co-editor of Transnational American Spaces, from Vernon Press, and author of various academic articles and book chapters. At private and public colleges, universities, and community colleges, Dr. Sagasti Suppes has taught all levels of Spanish language, as well as the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking Latin America and Spain and U.S. Latinx communities, and language classes in French. She has created original content and taught travel courses in five countries and has delivered presentations and workshops in nine countries across three continents. She has also held various leadership positions, including heading the Study Abroad and the International offices at three institutions. She is a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps, has completed the NAFSA Academy training, and has held various leadership roles in NAFSA regional teams.

In addition to her commitment to equity and accessibility in higher education, Dr. Sagasti Suppes has devoted free time to activism on behalf of underserved communities as a founding member of Roanoke Indivisible, an organizer of the Women’s March on Roanoke, and a participant in various lobbying groups. She has also worked to support immigrant and refugee communities in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, and New York. On snowy weekends you can find her on the ski slopes, and on warm summer days you’ll see her sailing on the lake.

recent publications and projects

Transnational American Spaces (2022)


Globaled projects

Dr. Sagasti Suppes is developing a set of essays, material, and an online course focused on de-colonizing education abroad.



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