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Assistant Professor

Sabino Morera
McGowan Building MG200B
(831) 647-6662

Sabino Morera is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Hispanic Studies. He has over 25 years of experience teaching content-based language and translation courses in Spanish and English both in Costa Rica and the U.S. As a MIIS alumnus with a diverse background, he believes that multidisciplinary and multicultural training has broadened his professional outlook which he brings into the classroom.

Sabino Morera is a professional language educator, translator and interpreter. He is currently an Assistant Professor where he teaches content-based Spanish language courses in the various masters programs. He has extensive experience working as a free-lance translator and interpreter for the Costa Rican government, the U.S. Embassy and multiple international organizations. He has also undertaken studies in international affairs and diplomacy and has served as Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs and Education of the Costa Rican Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Courses Taught

Courses offered in the past two years.

  • Current term
  • Upcoming term(s)

This course seeks to develop key linguistic skills in Spanish to deliver informative and persuasive speeches on complex topics related mainly to political and social issues. Other public-speaking situations such as panels are also practiced as a means to cover a wider variety of public-speaking interventions that students may encounter in their professions. Phonetic, syntactical and lexical skills are developed as appropriate to attain the goals pertaining to the various public-speaking genres.

Spring 2017 - MIIS, Spring 2018 - MIIS

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This course is the counterpart to Advanced Translation I. Students are expected to translate texts of considerable difficulty and complexity and to cope with the types of operational challenges that are likely to be encountered in professional translation settings, such as working in teams or coping with multiple technologies. Emphasis is on particular text categories and subject-matter knowledge that are pertinent to current market demand for the specific language combination and direction in which the course is being taught. The frequency, nature, and structure of course assignments are at the discretion of the instructor(s) of record, but will include projects that simulate, as closely as possible, the professional translation environment, as well as at least one midterm and one final exam.

Prerequisite: Advanced Translation I or similar background.

Spring 2018 - MIIS

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This course provides an introduction to the analysis of the status of educational systems and structures in Latin America from a comparative and international perspective. It addresses the impact of globalization on education systems and the role that international organizations, NGOs and the private sector play in providing and financing alternative educational programs at various levels of instruction. Being the most unequal region of the world, particular importance will be placed on the relationship between the evolving democratic systems, equity and social justice. Participants will also have the opportunity to propose and explore innovative initiatives and educational reforms in the region.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Although Latin America today shows stronger and more integrated economies, less poverty, more consolidated democracies, citizen insecurity has become an urgent challenge for human development in the region. Citizens perceive crime and violence as the main obstacle to their opportunities and to freedom from want and freedom from fear. This course provides the conceptual, practical and analytical framework to understand the interplay between security and human development. Participants explore the root causes, the manifestations as well as the programs and policies that countries in the region are implementing to face the challenges.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Latin America and the Caribbean have been of special interest to the United States because of its proximity and the instability caused by democratic transitions. The region has been an experimental ground in which U.S. principles and practices have collided within the context of the Cold War and beyond it. This course will examine the constantly evolving dynamics of relations between the United States and Latin America through the analysis of U.S. foreign policy and the integration efforts in Latin America aimed at gaining further autonomy in the face of the hegemonic reconfiguration in the XXI century. Participants will also explore contemporary challenges and phenomena such as the impact of rising populism, organized crime, and free trade on the relations between the U.S. and Latin America. Particular attention will be given to the role of public and summit diplomacy as an instrument of regional integration and redefinition of the relations between the U.S. and Latin America.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin America

This course provides students with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by democracy and the rule of law in Latin America. It explores the transition to democratic systems during the third democratic wave and the shades of democratic systems currently in place in the region in light of modern ideologies and within the context of political and economic integration initiatives. The course examines current issues such as the peace process in Colombia and the descent of democracy in Venezuela. Through the study of materials with complex lexical and syntactic aspects, students gain deeper insight into current debates about the myths and challenges faced by the region in consolidating democratic systems in the twenty-first century.

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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Areas of Interest

Morera's academic work and practice are mainly motivated by his interest in Latin American politics and human development. His courses aim to counter the limited attention that Latin America is getting these days in the international arena not only in terms of foreign policy but internal and regional affairs.

Being from Costa Rica, Morera has focused his work on the power of education, democracy and diplomacy. The reduction of inequality, the promotion of smart social programs and empowerment within truly democratic systems are recurrent themes in his courses. In addition to addressing complex issues facing Latin America and the Caribbean such as foreign policy, citizen security and international education, he also explores intricate syntactic and lexical aspects of modern Spanish. He also enjoys using innovative, collaborative methodologies such as the signature multilingual and multidisciplinary Monterey Model.

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Translation (Spanish-English), Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • Certificate, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • BA in English, University of Costa Rica

Professor Morera has been teaching at the Institute since 2010, after teaching here for three semesters in 2001-03.