Nancy Hornberger
University of Pennsylvania
Professor Emerita

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Nancy H. Hornberger, Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, is an educational linguist and anthropologist researching on multilingual education policy and practice in immigrant, refugee and Indigenous communities. With sustained commitment and work with Quechua speakers and Indigenous bilingual intercultural education in the Andes beginning in 1974, she has also taught, lectured, collaborated and advised internationally. A prolific author and editor, her books include Indigenous Literacies in the Americas: Language Planning from the Bottom Up (1997), Continua of Biliteracy (2003), Can Schools Save Indigenous Languages? Policy and Practice on Four Continents (2008), and Honoring Richard Ruiz and his Work on Language Planning and Bilingual Education (2017). Her enduring interests are in how best to support Indigenous and raciolinguistically minoritized learners in education policy and practice and in ongoing collaboration with Indigenous and raciolinguistically minoritized researchers and communities in reclamation and development of their languages. Former editor of the Anthropology and Education Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, Hornberger is also co-editor of an international book series on Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. She has been honored with the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2008), Penn Provost's Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring (2008), the George and Louise Spindler Award for Distinguished, Exemplary, and Inspirational Contribution to Educational Anthropology (2014), the honorary doctorate from UmeƄ University (2018), and the Charles A. Ferguson Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2019). She is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

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