Professor and Director of Graduate Studies       Citations (Google Scholar): 16,006, h-index 46, i10-index 70
Department of Linguistics 
Georgetown University

Editor-in-Chief Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (Cambridge University Press) #1 of 181 Linguistics journals on IF for 2017
Series Editor, Second Language Acquisition Research (Taylor & Francis)

I am interested in how second languages are learned and how they might best be taught. I am also fascinated by all aspects of research methodology (how research is carried out). My studies have examined younger and older children, as well as prime-of-life and elderly adults. College-aged students have been a particular focus. My work has been published in all of the top scholarly journals, as well as in edited collections with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, John Benjamins and others. I have authored almost 100 articles, chapters, and reports and published 15 books in total - including three books on researching children’s language learning, five on research methodology, and one popular audience book, The Bilingual Edge (which has been translated into a number of languages). The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition won the Modern Language Association's Mildenburger prize (with Susan M. Gass). My graduate studies included an M.Phil from Cambridge University in the U.K., and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in Australia, in linguistics. I have been a language instructor, given workshops for teachers, and taught linguistics in the U.K., Japan, Australia, Spain, and the U.S. One of my most important academic pleasures is having  29 graduated PhD students, all in top jobs, many now with tenure or in roles directing academic or government programs, and graduating their own students. I am also very happy in my role as Editor-in-Chief of Cambridge University Press's Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, which is the official journal of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and currently #1 of Linguistics journals (on 2017 impact factor). I am a co-founder of the Instruments for Research into Second Languages open science database project, and co-editor of the longstanding book series Second Language Acquisition Research (Taylor and Francis). I occasionally write for the Guardian and to my surprise, a piece from 5 years ago was shared on Facebook 67,000+ times.: "What happens in the brain when you learn a second language?"

Fun fact: My family and I are owned by a Balinese-Javanese lynx point cat called Rumpelstiltskin (who has his own finsta, apparently).

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