Emily Spangenberg

Bilingual Program Assistant

(919) 962-2868
3054 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall


Emily is a Bilingual Program Assistant for Clinical Programs. She supports clinic students and faculty with case management, client communication, translation, and interpretation. She also provides administrative support for clinic events and educational programming. Prior to joining the Clinical Programs in 2019, Emily worked as a graduate researcher and sociology instructor at the University of Texas. While at UT, Emily’s research focused on the human rights, environmental, and health consequences of extractive industries. During that time, she conducted long-term fieldwork on environmental health politics of lead mining in Jujuy, Argentina. Her research has received support from the National Science Foundation and the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. She has also served in various capacities as an advocate for immigrant and worker rights, including legal outreach to migrant farmworkers, visitation with women in detention who are seeking asylum, and through campaigns against wage theft and unsafe conditions in the construction industry. Emily holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Journalism, Political Science, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


  • M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin (2011)
  • B.A., Journalism, Political Science, and Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2007)