Ana Paula Carvalho is the faculty director for the CLAS program. Born in Fortaleza, Brazil, Ana Paula Carvalho studied Portuguese and Spanish Languages and Literatures at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará, where she received her BA. She earned her MA in Applied Linguistics from the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh. She currently teaches Portuguese language and works as the Portuguese Language Coordinator and Portuguese Minor advisor. Ana Paula has led many study abroad programs and taught an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar in order to prepare students to conduct a pilot field research projects in Brazil and Colombia.