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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Josef Hellebrandt

Josef Hellebrandt

Associate Professor

Biographical Information

Josef Hellebrandt is an associate professor and former Chair (2003-09) in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University, where he teaches courses in Spanish and German languages and cultures.  He is also a part-time associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  After finishing a M.A. in Political Science in his native Germany, he came to the United States in 1984 studying Latin American Literature at the University of North Carolina (M.A., 1987) and Foreign Language Education at Purdue University (Ph.D., 1990).

He also serves on the board of the non-profit South Bay German School in San Jose.

Courses Taught


  • First-yr. German (GERM 1)
  • Intermediate German (GERM 22)
  • German Conversation (GERM 106)
  • Germany in the Media (GERM 112)


  • First-yr. Spanish (SPAN 1,2,3)
  • Intermediate Spanish (SPAN 21, 22, 23)
  • Advanced Spanish 1 (SPAN 100)
  • Teaching Methods in Spanish (SPAN 178)
  • Technology for Teaching and Learning Spanish (SPAN 179)

Research Interests

His research interests focus on service-learning and community engagement in Spanish.

Selected Publications

  • Co-editor of Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Service-Learning in Applied Linguistics (Anker, 2007)
  • Co-editor of Juntos: Community Partnerships in Spanish and Portuguese (Thomson & Heinle, 2003)
  • Co-editor of Construyendo Puentes (Building Bridges): Concepts and Models of Service-Learning in Spanish (AAHE, 1999).