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Vaidehi Ramanathan


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Southern California, 1994
  • M.A., Linguistics, California State University, Northridge, 1989
  • M.A. English Literature: University of Baroda, India, 1987
  • B.A., St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, India 1985


Vaidehi Ramanathan is 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. She also is interested in the languaging of bodies, ailments and "disabilities" (especially Alzheimer's disease and chronic ailments). 

Research Focus

Professor Ramanathan’s research interests include:

Second Language Acquisition and Development – Sociopolitical aspects of language learning and teaching; teacher education, pedagogies, and literacy practices.

Language and health: Society – first-hand spoken and written accounts of body conditions by both people with a condition and their caregivers, doctor-patient interactions (especially regarding opiod usage), discourses of medical institutions (pharmacies, hospitals), care and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease, health policies in general.

Language and citizenship: refugee resettlement, linguistic and legal issues around naturalization, community-based literacies for recent immigrants. 

Selected Publications

Ramanathan, V., & Loring, A. (Eds.) (2016) Language, Immigration and Naturalization: Legal and Linguistic Issues, UK: Multilingual Matters. http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781783095148

Ramanathan, V., & Fuerherm, E. (Eds.) (2015) Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Language, Policy, Pedagogy, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Ramanathan, V. (Ed.) (2013), Language Policies and (Dis)Citizenship: Who Belongs? Who is a Guest? Who is Made to Leave? Special issue of Language, Identity and Education http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?K=9781783094578

Ramanathan, V. (Ed.) (2013) Language Policy and (Dis)Citizenship: Rights, Access, Pedagogies, Bristol: Multilingual Matters. https://www.amazon.com/Language-Policies-Dis-Citizenship-Pedagogies/dp/1783090189

Ramanathan, V. (2012) Rethinking discourses around the "English-cosmopolitan" correlation: Scenes from formal and informal educational contexts. In Marilyn Martin-Jones, Adrian Blackledge, and Angela Creese (Eds.), Handbook on multilingualism. London: Routledge.

Ramanathan, V., & McPherron, P. (Eds.) (2011) Language, Body, Health, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter

Ramanathan, V., & McPherron, P. (Eds.) (2011). Reading "intentions": communication challenges for parents of children with autism and partial hearing. In Language, Body and Health (p. 55-72), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Ramanathan, V. (2011) Researching-texting tensions in qualitative research: Ethics in and around textual fidelity, selectivity, and translations. In Teresa McCarty (Ed.) Ethnography and language policy, p. 255-270. New York: Routledge.

Ramanathan, V. (2010) Bodies and Language: Health, Ailments, Disabilities, Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Ramanathan, V. (1997). Alzheimer’s discourse: some sociolinguistic dimensions. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 


LIN 280: Theories of Second Language Development

LIN 165: Introduction to Applied Linguistics

LIN 5: Global English

LIN 3/LIN 105: Language and the Body