Nancy H. Hornberger

Professor of Educational Linguistics

Nancy H. Hornberger is Professor of Education and Chair of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, where she also convenes the annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum.  Her research interests include sociolinguistics in education, ethnography in education, language policy, bilingualism and biliteracy, Indigenous language revitalization and heritage language education.  With sustained commitment and work with Quechua speakers and bilingual intercultural education in the Andes beginning in 1974, she has also taught, lectured, and advised on multilingual language policy and education throughout the world, as visiting professor, U.S. State Department English Language Specialist, United Nations consultant, and three-time Fulbright Senior Specialist – in Paraguay, New Zealand, and South Africa. 


Author/editor of over two dozen books and more than 100 articles and chapters, her recent publications include the 10-volume Encyclopedia of Language and Education (Springer, 2008), Can Schools Save Indigenous Languages?  Policy and Practice on Four Continents (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and Sociolinguistics and Language Education (with Sandra McKay, Multilingual Matters, 2010). She is co-editor of the Multilingual Matters book series on Bilingual Education and Bilingualism and editor-in-chief of the Anthropology and Education Quarterly.