UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Dr Carlos Yebra López

Photo of Carlos outdoors in front of an ivy covered building
UKRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish)

Lecturer (Teaching) in Ladino



Dr. Carlos Yebra López is a UKRI Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) at University College London, where he also teaches this language, in addition to doing so at Oxford University. His research and teaching focuses on the digital revitalisation of Ladino. He is the co-founder and CEO of Ladino 21 Community Interest Company, a public outreach initiative and digital archive devoted to grassroots documentation of Ladino. He is the author of the recent journal articles Specters of Ladino: The Case for Ladino as a Partial Overlap of Idiolects shared by People of Sephardic Culture (Journal of Jewish Languages, 2023), Decolonizing Spanish: Ladino and Chavacano as Sites of Global Hispanophonia (TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, 2022), and The Digital (De)territorialization of Ladino in the 21st century (Word: Journal of the International Linguistic Association, 2021).

Carlos received his PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from New York University, his MA in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, and his BA in Philosophy at the University of Zaragoza. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Missouri Western State University, and has held fellowships at Cambridge University, École Normale Supérieure, New York University Paris and New York University Shanghai.


Carlos’ research is focused on the digital revitalisation of endangered languages of the Global Hispanophone, with a focus on Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Haketia and Chavacano, as well as language ideologies, multilingual activism and AI.

Current projects include authoring the monograph Digital Jewish Revivalistics: The Case of Ladino (under review), and co-writing the manuscript Critical Polyglot Studies (under contract with Routledge Linguistics). His research has been supported by AHRC, UKRI, the British Academy and Leverhulme, and his work has appeared in the Journal of Jewish Languages, WORD: Journal of the International Linguistic Assocation, Routledge and Brill.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of Sephardic Studies at the Modern Languages Association, as well as Director of Research at HYPIA: The International Association of Hyperpolyglots


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Public Engagement

Carlos is the co-founder and CEO of Ladino 21 Community Interest Company, a non-profit which focuses on creating digital solutions devoted to the documentation, preservation and celebration of Ladino and Ladino-speaking communities in the 21st century, including a digital archive, courses and classes. He is also the founder and CEO of The Hyperpolyglot Activist: Learn Languages, Make a Difference, a public outreach initiative that seeks to foster a unique dialogue between the domains of polyglossia, linguistics (particularly as regards explicating linguistic ideologies such as monolingualism, nativespeakerism and accentism) and activism (including language emancipation, allyship, inclusivity and revitalization).

Recent public presentations include:

  • June 2023: London Ladino: Co-creating Judeo-Spanish voices with local Sephardic Jews, Lauderdale Road Synagogue, London, UK.
  • May 2023: The Digital Revitalisation of Ladino: From Web 1.0 to 3.0 (PROLang), YouTube.
  • Feb 2020: Language Revitalization of Diasporic Languages: the case of Ladino (The Polyglot Conference), YouTube.

Visit Dr Carlos Yebra Lopez’s full profile for additional information, publications, and achievements.