Board of Trustees
Dr. Ofelia García
Member, CAL Board of Trustees 2012 - 2014
Dr. García holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is a distinguished scholar in her field. Her work on language and identity has had a significant impact on the understanding of key issues related to bilingual education and the education of language minorities. She has been Professor of Bilingual Education at Columbia University’s Teacher College, Dean of the School of Education at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, and Professor of Education at the City College of New York.
Dr. García’s most recent publication, Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights (with Leslie Bartlett), is currently in press with Vanderbilt University. Among her recent books are Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective; Educating Emergent Bilinguals (with J. Kleifgen): Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity (with J. Fishman); Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers (with K. Menken); Imagining Multilingual Schools (with T. Skutnabb-Kangas and M. Torres-Gusmán): and A Reader in Bilingual Education (with C. Baker).
Dr. García is the Associate General Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. She was the recipient of the 2008 NYSABE Gladys Correa Award, is a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa, and has been a Fulbright Scholar, and a Spencer Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Education. Learn more about Dr. Garcia.