My research is inspired by questions of diversity, equity, and access in multilingual educational contexts, especially as they pertain to the circulation of English as a “global” language. It combines the analysis of educational policy and practice with methods from the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, linguistic anthropology, and literacy studies. A primary aim of my work is to illuminate the role of discourses, ideologies, and everyday practices in the production and reproduction of hierarchical relations within educational systems. In terms of research projects, I have been conducting ethnographic research on the language and literacy socialization of young boys at an anathashram (orphanage) since 2007 in suburban New Delhi, India. A newer project examines safety and educational rights of adolescent underprivileged girls in suburban Mumbai, India.


University of California, Berkeley                                             Ph.D. Education (2013)

CSU, Chico                                                                                             M.A. Teaching International Languages (2006)

University of Goa, Goa, India                                                           Post-Graduate Diploma French Interpretation (2002)

Lakehead University, ON                                                                  M.A. English Literature (2001)

L.S.R. College, Delhi University, India                                          B.A. Honors English Literature (1998)

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