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Suresh Canagarajah

Suresh Canagarajah

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies

Director, Migration Studies Project

303 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-6229

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 1990


Areas of Specialization

  • World Englishes
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Critical Pedagogy

Recent Courses

  • APLNG 597F Globalization of English: Policy, Proficiency, Pedagogy
  • APLNG 574 World Englishes
  • APLNG 597B Ethnography in Language and Literacy Studies
  • APLNG 576 Language Socialization across Home, School, and Community Contexts
  • APLNG 482 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
  • APLNG 412 Teaching Second Language Writing
  • APLNG 210 Ecology of Global English
  • ENGL 597A Rhetoric at the Contact Zone
  • ENGL 597 Translingual Writing and Transcultural Communication in Globalization
  • ENGL 506 Postcoloniality, Writing, Rhetoric
  • ENGL 404 World Englishes and Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 597B Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Writing Research
  • ENGL 597A Literacy and Mobility

Selected Publications


Canagarajah, A. S.  (2013). Translingual practice: Global Englishes and cosmopolitan relations. New York: Routledge. 

Canagarajah, A. S. (Ed). (2013). Literacy as translingual practice: Between communities and classrooms. New York: Routledge. 

Wong, M., & Canagarajah, A. S. (Eds). (2009). Christian and critical English language educators in dialogue. New York: Routledge.

Canagarajah, A. S. (Ed.) (2005). Reclaiming the local in language policy and practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.  

Canagarajah, A. S.  (2002).  Critical academic writing and multilingual students. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. 

Canagarajah, A. S. (2002).  A geopolitics of academic writing. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.   

Canagarajah, A. S.  (1999). Resisting linguistic imperialism in English teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Canagarajah, A.S., & Silberstein, S. (Eds). (2012) Diaspora Identities and Language. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 11 (2). (Guest edited Special Topic Issue)

Canagarajah, A. S. (In Press). “Blessed in my own way”: Pedagogical affordances for dialogical voice construction in multilingual student writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 23(4)

Canagarajah, A. S (In Press). In search of a new paradigm for teaching English as an International Language.” TESOL Journal, 5/4 (2014). 

Yayli, D., & Canagarajah, S. (2014). A missing move and an emergent step: Variation in the RA introductions of two composition journals. Reading Matrix, 14 (1), 95-110.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2014). Local knowledge when ranking journals:  Reproductive effects and resistant possibilities. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22 (28), 1-23.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2013). Agency and power in intercultural communication: Negotiating English in translocal spaces. Language and Intercultural Communication, 13 (2), 202-224.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2013). The end of second language writing? Journal of Second Language Writing, 22, 440-441.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2013). Negotiating translingual literacy: An enactment. Research in the Teaching of English, 48 (1), 40-67.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2013). Reconstructing heritage language: Resolving dilemmas in language maintenance for Sri Lankan Tamil migrants.  International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2013 (222), 131–155.

Canagarajah. A. S. (2013). Skilled migration and development: Portable communicative resources for transnational work. Multilingual Education, 3 (8), 1-19. 

Canagarajah, A. S., & Ashraf, H.  (2013). Multilingualism and education in South Asia: Resolving policy/practice dilemmas.  Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 33, 258-285.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2012). Migrant ethnic identities, mobile language resources: Identification practices of Sri Lankan Tamil youth.  Applied Linguistics Review, 3(2), 251-272.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2012). Styling one's own in the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora: Implications for language and ethnicity. Journal of Language, Identity and Education, 11, 124-135. 

Canagarajah, A. S. (2012). Teacher development in a global profession: An autoethnography.TESOL Quarterly, 46 (2), 258-279. 

Canagarajah, A. S. (2011). Codemeshing in academic writing: Identifying teachable strategies of translanguaging. The Modern Language Journal95, 401-417.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2011). English studies as creole scholarship: Reconfiguring the discipline for postcolonial conditions. Changing English18, 251-264.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2011). Translanguaging in the classroom: Emerging issues for research and pedagogy.  Applied Linguistics Review2, 1-28.

Canagarajah, A. S. (Ed.) (2011). Multilingual communication and language acquisition [Special issue]. The Reading Matrix11(1). 

Canagarajah, A. S., & Wurr, A. (2011). Multilingual communication and language acquisition: New research directions. Reading Matrix11, 1-15. 

Canagarajah, A. S. (2010). Internationalizing knowledge construction and dissemination. TheModern Language Journal94, 661-664.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2009). Multilingual strategies of negotiating English: From conversation to writing. Journal of Advanced Composition29, 711-743.

Canagarajah, A. S.  (2009). The plurilingual tradition and the English language in South Asia. AILA Review, 22, 5-22.

Canagarajah, A. S. (2008). Language shift and the family: Questions from the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora.  Journal of Sociolinguistics, 12, 1–34.

Canagarajah, A. S. (Ed). (2006). Fortieth Anniversary State-of-the-Art issue [Special issue].TESOL Quarterly40(1).

Canagarajah, A. S. (Ed.). (2002). Celebrating local knowledge on language and education  [Special issue].  Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 1(4).

Professional Awards and Achievements

Mina P. Shaughnessy Award for an Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature for Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2015). 

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Prize for an Outstanding Book in Applied Linguistics, for Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmpolitan Relations (2014). 

Distinguished Visiting Professor, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2013).

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Language and Society Centre, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (2012).

Visiting Professor, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2012).

Language Learning Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, National University of La Plata, Argentina (2012)

President, American Association for Applied Linguistics (2011-2012)

Thomas Watson Distinguished Professor, Department of English, University of Louisville (2011)

Fellow, Stellensbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Cape Town, South Africa (2011)

Henry Osborne Award for "academic excellence with Christian commitment" from Cornerstone University, Michigan (2009)

Editor, TESOL Quarterly (2005-2008)

Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professorship, Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK (2008)

Richard Braddock Award for an Outstanding Article on Writing or the Teaching of Writing for “The Place of World Englishes in Composition: Pluralization Continued” in College Composition and Communication (2007)

East Carolina University-TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST (nonnative English  Speakers in TESOL) issues for the colloquium “Race and (Non)Nativeness  in English Language Teaching” (2005)

Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Research, Baruch College/City University of New York (2004)

Gary A. Olson Award for the Most Outstanding Book on Rhetorical and Cultural Theory for A Geopolitics of Academic Writing, Association of the Teachers of Advanced Composition (2003)

Mellon Foundation Guest Lecturer, American University of Paris (2003)

Mina P. Shaughnessy Award for an Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature for Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching, The Modern Language Association  (1999) 

British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Book Prize for an Outstanding Book in Applied Linguistics, finalist for Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching (1999)

Recent Funding

World Universities Network, World-class Universities, Publication and Research Assessment: Rethinking the Mission of Higher Education in the Global Age. Role: Co-PI (2014)

World Universities Network, Negotiating Multilingual Identities in Migrant Professional Contexts. Role: Lead PI (2013)

World Universities Network, Skilled Migration and Global English: Language, Development, and the African Professional. Role: Lead PI (2010-2011).

World Universities Network, Global Regionalisms, Governance and Higher Education. Fund Role: Co-PI (2010-2011).

Language Learning Roundtable Conference Program Award. Role: Project Organizer (2011).

Office of the Associate Vice President for Research, The Pennsylvania State University, Skilled Diasporas and the Transnational Flow of Knowledge and Resources.  Role: Project Organizer (2009-2010).

Institute for the Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University,  Migration Studies Project. Role: PI (2009-2011). 

National Council for Teachers of English, Comparing Teacher-facilitated and Student-constructed Safe Houses: The Coping Strategies of Bilingual Students in Academic Literacy. Role: PI (1998-1999).