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Susana Santos Ângelo Salgado Valdez

University Lecturer

S. Santos Ângelo Salgado Valdez Ph.D.
+31 71 527 2125

Susana Valdez is an Assistant Professor of Translation Studies at Leiden University. She is co-head of the Research Group on Reception and Translation Studies at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies and a Reviews Editor of the Journal of Audiovisual Translation. She co-organizes monthly roundtables with international translation researchers on different topics. Her doctoral thesis was on translation norms and expectations in biomedical translation. She is currently continuing her research on translators' decision-making processes, and she is particularly interested in how these are influenced by the expectations of the target community.

More information about Susana Santos Ângelo Salgado Valdez

Fields of interest

  • Translation studies
  • Descriptive translation studies
  • Translation norms
  • Cognitive studies
  • Reception studies
  • Medical translation
  • Biomedical translation
  • Audiovisual translation
  • Health professionals


Susana Valdez's doctoral thesis (Summa Cum Laude, 2019), conducted in co-tutelle between Lisbon and Ghent universities, was on translation norms and expectations on biomedical translation employing a mixed methodology based on quantitative and qualitative product- and process-oriented approaches.
Her interest on interdisciplinary, empirical, experimental and descriptive studies that address translators’ decision-making processes, and how these are influenced by the expectations of the (linguistic) community has developed into a broader research profile, including today reception-oriented studies on different text types and with various agents.

Curriculum vitae

Research projects
- Remembering the Past, Learning for the Future: Research-Based Digital Learning from Testimonies of Survivors and Rescuers of the Holocaust, 2021-2022. PI: Zsófi Gombar (CEAUL). Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
- The Value of Machine Translation in the Multilingual Academic Community, 2020-2022. NRO Comenius Senior Fellow: Lettie Dorst. Funded by NWO in the call NRO Comenius program.
- Intercultural Literature in Portugal, 1930-2000: A Critical Bibliography, 2007-2019. Coord: Alexandra Assis Rosa (CEAUL), Teresa Seruya and Maria Lin Moniz (CECC-UCP).
-  PEnPal in Translation. PI: Margarida Vale de Gato (CEAUL). Funded by the Luso-American Foundation in 2013.

Teaching activities
I am currently teaching Translation Studies (MA), Medical Translation (MA), Translator's Tools (MA), Subtitling (MA), and Introduction to Translation Studies (minor).

Previous academic positions
2011-2019. Invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Modern Languages, Cultures and Literatures, NOVA University.
2017-2019. Lecturer at the Department of English Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.

Academic degrees
2019. PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in Translation Studies, Specialization in Scientific and Technical Text (University of Lisbon) and Linguistics and Literature (University of Ghent).
2009. MA in Applied Linguistics, Specialization in Translation Studies, University of Lisbon.
2004. BA in Modern Languages and Literature – Portuguese and English Studies, University of Lisbon.

Key publications

Forthcoming: Literalization in the self-revision process of novice and experienced biomedical translators. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 8(2). (Kairong Xiao & Sandra L. Halverson, eds.)
Recent: Valdez S. & Vandepitte S. (2020), Exploring a Two-Way Street. Revisers’ and translators’ attitudes and expectations about each other in biomedical translation. In: Koponen, M.; Mossop, B.; Robert, I.; Scocchera, G. (Eds.) Translation revision and post-editing: industry practices and cognitive processes. London: Routledge. 148-164.

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Engels

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B0.22


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