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Clarissa Surek-Clark

Clarissa Surek-Clark

Clarissa Surek-Clark

Senior Lecturer


211 Townshend Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Languages in Contact
  • Translation
  • Interpretation
  • South African English


  • MA, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
  • BA, Linguistics (cum laude), University of Pennsylvania
  • Certified to translate from English into Portuguese and Portuguese into English, American Translators Association, 1992
  • Provisionally Qualified Court Interpreter, Supreme Court of Ohio, 2017
  • Registered Court Interpreter, State of Washington, 2011

Clarissa Surek-Clark is a sociolinguist who joined the English department in 2018. Her classes include Structure of the English Language and Introduction to Professional Translation. Her current research interests focus on Verbal Autopsy methods and multilingual data collection for health and demographic surveys. She is a practicing translator and interpreter of English and Portuguese, and has achieved certified translator status by the American Translators Association. She has extensive experience leading student and research groups to Sub-Saharan Africa.

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