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Vaidehi Ramanathan

Vaidehi Ramanathan

Professor, Linguistics

276 Kerr Hall
Office Phone: 530-752-0191


  1. Ph.D (University of Southern California)


I am a socio/applied linguist interested primarily in the sociopolitical aspects of language learning and teaching, especially as they pertain to English, vernacular languages, globalization, language policies, teacher education, pedagogies, and literacy practices. I am also interested in the languaging of "bodies" and "disabilities" (especially Alzheimer's disease and chronic ailments) and in the narrating and constructing of a "self" both through speech and writing.

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Research Interests:

Second Language Acquisition and Development:

Sociopolitical aspects of English language learning and teaching; teacher education, pedagogies, and literacy practices

Language and Society:

Sociopolitical aspects of language learning and teaching; language policy; language and health, language and bodies