Molly Hamm-Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Molly Hamm-Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Social Foundations in the College of Education. She specializes in anthropology of education, comparative and international education, and race and ethnic studies. Dr. Hamm-Rodriguez uses ethnography, youth participatory action research, and discourse analysis to study the relationships between language, race, labor, and schooling as they shape the social futures of youth in global school-to-work and college and career readiness programs. She also studies the policy contexts that influence multilingual development in and out of schools and the language and literacy practices of multilingual learners, both in U.S. schools (particularly bilingual education programs) and across Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work has been published in Applied Linguistics; archipelagos: A journal of Caribbean digital praxis; CENTRO: Journal for Puerto Rican Studies; Language Arts; Learning, Culture, and Social Action; TESOL Quarterly; and The Reading Teacher. Dr. Hamm-Rodriguez has served as Co-Chair of the African Diaspora Working Group of the American Anthropological Association's Council on Anthropology and Education and as Program Co-Chair of the Language Issues Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society. She has experience collaborating with USAID, U.S. Embassy, Pan-American Development Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, and UNESCO. Her research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation, Tinker Foundation, National Science Foundation (Quick Response Program) and Wenner-Gren Foundation. Dr. Hamm-Rodriguez completed a Ph.D. in Equity, Bilingualism and Biliteracy from the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Education, earning graduate certificates in Critical Ethnic Studies (Department of Ethnic Studies) and Culture, Language, and Social Practice (Department of Linguistics). She holds an M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in English, B.S. in Secondary Education from Kansas State University.

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