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About Maria Aguilar-Solano

Maria Aguilar-Solano is a Translation Studies researcher and trainer. Her area of expertise is Public Service (or Community) interpreting specifically from a sociological perspective; looking at ethics and moral responsibility is an important part of her investigation.
She graduated from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2012 with a PhD in Translation and Intercultural Studies. Her doctoral dissertation looked at Healthcare Interpreting through a Bourdieusian lense. The field work that informed her dissertation was conducted in Spain over a period of one and half years of collecting data through focus groups, participant observation and audio-recordings. Data triangulation was an important contribution of my dissertation.
She also holds a MA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a BA in Translation and Interpreting from the Universidad de Granada (Spain).
As well as research in Public Service Interpreting, she is a translators trainer at UMass Boston at the Latin American and Iberian Studies Department. As a translators trainer, she encourages her students to look at Translation as a profession and also as an intellectual discipline. Both theory and practice should be part of any professional translator's trajectory. Her teaching philosophy is informed not only by Translation Studies theories but also by her experience as a freelance translator.


Present Visiting Professor, Pompeu Fabra University
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

Research Interests

Public Service Interpreting, Community Interpreting, Healthcare Interpreting, Pierre Bourdieu, Theories of Professionalisation, Ethics, Translation Studies, and Qualitative Research

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Contact Information

Latin American and Iberian Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
McCormack Hall, 4th Floor, Room 617
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393


Community/ Public Service Interpreting (1)

Habitus (1)

Healthcare field (2)

Ethical habitus (1)