Carmen Carney, Ph.D.

Director of Languages and Associate Professor of Spanish
Areas of Expertise: 

Cross-cultural communication, Doing business in Latin America, Potential for business in Cuban markets, Spanish education


Cross Culture Communication International Managers, Spanish, Spanish Intensive

Professional Bio: 

Carmen Carney, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Spanish business communication and the director of the Garvin Center for Cultures & Languages of Global Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is well-known for her work in cross-cultural communication, doing business in Latin America, and the potential for business in Cuban markets. She is a native of Puerto Rico and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Before joining the faculty at Thunderbird in 1991, Dr. Carney provided executive-management training to businesspeople involved in the Honduran banking industry and also worked with companies in other industries in Mexico and Costa Rica. She has consulted on issues directly related to cross-cultural skills with executives of such global companies as LG Electronics, Kraft Foods, General Foods and Hewlett-Packard.

Dr. Carney is a two-time recipient of Thunderbird’s Outstanding Professor award and holds a similar honor from Missouri Southern State College where she was a faculty member. She has also taught at the University of South Alabama, and was a visiting professor of culture and communication in the MBA program at the Universidad Católica del Uruguay in Montivideo.

A respected researcher who serves as the director for the Cross-National Teaching Forum conducted by the World Association for Case Method Research and Application (WACRA), Dr. Carney’s articles and monographs have appeared in a wide range of the industry’s top academic and professional publications. Among the journals she has produced commentaries for are Indiana Journal of Hispanic Literatures, Case Method Research and Application, Journal of Latin American Popular Culture, Romance Language Annual, Romance Notes, Global Business Languages, and Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. She has presented at conferences focusing on business education issues, including the Association of Academic Programs and Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) and the Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).

She earned her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of Iowa, where she also received her MA and BS. Additionally, she studied at St. Mary’s Catholic University in Puerto Rico, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and Harvard University. Dr. Vega-Carney has done advanced graduate work at Oxford University, Arizona State University, University of Texas, and in Valencia, Spain, with San Francisco State University.