Courtesy Professor Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education

My primary areas of research include literacy studies and adolescent literacies and socialization in and out of schools; language and culture and sociolinguistic analyses; linguistic anthropology; anthropology and education; cross-cultural studies; immigrant communities in the US and Europe; youth cultures; Middle Eastern populations in the US, including fieldwork and research in Yemeni and Iraqi communities; ethnography and qualitative research methods, discourse analysis, language and gender in education; education policy and social analysis. I have a courtesy appointment in the Department of Anthropology, and I am affiliated with the Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools, the Quantitative, Qualitative, and Measurement in Education Program and, Women and Gender Studies. I am the author All American Yemeni Girls: Being Muslim in an American Public School (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) as well as numerous research articles and book chapters in education and anthropology, and I serve on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Literacy Research and Research in the Teaching of English. I also review, amongst several other journals and agencies, for Ethos, Sociology of Education, and NSF's Cultural Anthropology Program, and I am the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished College of Education and Human Sciences Teaching Award. My work and publications are available at and
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Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
216D Henzlik Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0355
Office: 402.472.5166
Mobile: 402.570.4566