Renata Šamo graduated in the English Language and Literature (Minor: Spanish) from the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, then received her master’s and doctor’s degree, both in Philology, from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. At present she is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, where she heads the newly-founded English Department, along with being the Vice-Dean for Research and International Cooperation. Before that she used to teach at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Teacher Education in Zagreb, as well as at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka.
Her main professional efforts have always been aimed at improving higher education practices, due to which she has gained a valuable experience in terms of (self)education, organisation and management. Her research interests include psycholinguistics, second language acquisition (SLA), educational linguistics, (critical) discourse analysis, and recently geolinguistics, language landscape and language philosophy.
She has presented many papers at conferences, seminars and workshops in Croatia, around Europe and in the U.S.A. (e.g. University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Geneva, Georgetown University (Washington, DC), Harvard University) to be later released by national and international publishers (e.g. Multilingual Matters, Peter Lang, Springer, Bulzoni Edittore, etc.). Her publications also include one research book (another one in press); in addition, she co-edited one research volume.
Renata Šamo is a member of the editorial board of one national journal, as well as a member of the scientific council of one international journal. Besides her membership in different academic and professional associations in Croatia, she is affiliated to the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). Renata Šamo lives in Pula.