Erika Hoth Guerra Sathler

Erika Sathler

Erika Hoth Guerra Sathler

Professorial Lecturer in Portuguese Language

School: Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Department: RGSLL

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences 801 22nd Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Doctor in Linguistics | Interactional Sociolinguistics Specialist | Pragmatics Expert

Dr. Erika Sathler is an internationally recognized figure in the field of linguistics, weaving together theory and practice to unravel the intricacies of language. Her distinguished career has been marked by scholarly rigor, impactful teaching, and a commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding.

Academic Journey

Doctorate in Linguistics: Dr. Sathler earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Universidade de Brasilia, a prestigious institution in Brazil, specializing in Interactional Sociolinguistics. Her research delves into the dynamics of language use within social contexts, exploring how communication shapes our interactions. Additionally, she is an authority in Pragmatics, exploring the subtle nuances of meaning, context, and intention. Her work bridges theoretical concepts with real-world communication, enriching our understanding of language in action.

Teaching Excellence

  • George Washington University: As a professor at GWU, Dr. Sathler ignites curiosity in her students. Her engaging lectures dissect language patterns, sociocultural norms, and the power of discourse. Many aspiring linguists credit her mentorship for their passion in the field.
  • Foreign Service Institute (State Department): Dr. Sathler’s role as a Language and Culture Instructor equips diplomats with the tools to navigate global conversations. Her curriculum transcends textbooks, emphasizing cultural empathy and effective cross-cultural communication.
  • Department of Defense Proficiency Testing: Dr. Sathler leverages her profound expertise and discerning insight to evaluate language proficiency levels. Whether assessing military personnel or decoding diplomatic nuances, her assessments contribute to national security and effective communication.

Scholarly Contributions

  • Pedagogical Innovations: With almost two decades of experience, Dr. Sathler crafts instructional plans that empower learners. Her pedagogical materials bridge theory and practice, fostering linguistic competence and cultural awareness.

Brazilian Roots

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Sathler made significant contributions to Brazilian academia. She served as a faculty member at several universities in Brasília, Brazil, where her passion for linguistics blossomed. Her cross-cultural experiences continue to shape her approach to teaching and research.

Teaching Portuguese as a Second Language

Dr. Sathler’s dedication extends beyond traditional linguistics. She is an expert in teaching Portuguese as a second language, leveraging her native proficiency to guide learners on their language journey. Her innovative methods create a vibrant classroom where language and culture converge.


Dr. Erika Sathler envisions a world where language bridges gaps, fosters empathy, and celebrates diversity. Her legacy extends beyond academia, shaping communicators who embrace linguistic richness.