Susan Plann

Susan Plann

Susan Plann

Professor Emeritus
Emeriti Faculty

Office: 7373 Bunche Hall


Phone: (310) 206-3114


Professor Susan Plann’s research focused on the experiences of Moroccan youth who migrate to Spain as unaccompanied minors. Initially training in theoretical linguistics, over the course of her career, Plann has also explored areas such as Spanish linguistics, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and the interface between second language acquisition and language pedagogy. Her training in linguistics led to an interest in minority language communities and publications on the Spanish deaf community, which she views as a cultural and linguistic minority, and Spain’s Arabic speaking community. In addition to Chicana/o Studies, Plann is also a member of the Department of Applied Linguistics, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Interdepartmental Program in Islamic Studies.


  • PhD, Romance Linguistics and Literature, UCLA (1975)


  • Migration, and Unaccompanied Child Migration in Particular
  • Moroccan Immigrants in Spain
  • Oral Narratives
  • Literacy
  • Service Learning
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Spanish Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • The Interface Between Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy

Selected Publications

  • The Spanish National Deaf School: Portraits from the 19th Century. Gallaudet University Press, 2007.
  • A Silent Minority: Deaf Education in Spain, 1550-1835. University of California Press, 1997.
  • Relative Clauses in Spanish Without Overt Antecedents. University of California Press, 1980.