- Critical educational linguistics
- Language ideologies, policies and pedagogies
- Language, race, class and education
- Language stigma and surveillance
I am an applied educational linguist who is interested in the links between literacy, language and education. I work within the aims, goals and methods of critical language education policy to examine areas such as:
- Language policy enactment and negotiation
- Language discrimination, stigma, surveillance and shame
- The trajectories of language ideology, policy and pedagogy
- Language discourses, attitudes and ideoligies in schools
- The use of children's literature as an entry point for challenging language stigma
Research grants and projects
Funder: UK Literacy Association
Duration: January 2021 - January 2022
This collaborative, teacher-researcher study will explore how Young Adult (YA) fiction can be used as a vehicle for exploring language discrimination, with a particular focus on Key Stage 3 students in England’s schools.
Funder: United Kingdom Literacy Association
Funder: Brunel University London
Duration: October 2019 -
- My current research (funded by the UKLA and Brunel) is investigating the nature and implementation of racialised and classed language policies in UK and US schools.
- As part of my funded project 'Transatlantic Language Policing: Standards and Stigma in US-UK Schools', I am carrying out archival work and in-depth interviews in London and New York City investigating historical structures and language education policy borrowing between the UK and the US.
- With teachers in a school in North London, I am the PI on a project exploring how Young Adult fiction can be used with Key Stage 3 readers as a vehicle for exploring, identify and challenging structural language discrimination.
- With colleagues from the University of Leeds (Dr Julia Snell) and the University of Sheffield (Professor Emma Moore and Dr Sarah Spencer, I am a Co-Investigator on a project working towards exploring the relationship between a child's dialect and their success at school, critically examining and challenging the way that linguistic variation is conceptualised within policy and pedagogy.
- I am preparing a monograph (Palgrave, 2022) called Standards, Stigma, Surveillance: Language Policy in England's Schools.