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Suresh Canagarajah

Suresh Canagarajah

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies;
(814) 865-6229
303 Sparks Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Suresh Canagarajah

Fall 2023 Office Hours

Wednesday 4-5pm Thursday 5-6pm Friday 1.30-2.30pm

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Bio

Awards for publications:

  • Routledge Handbook on Migration and Language (2017): Awarded the 2020 prize for Best Book by American Association of Applied Linguistics.
  • Routledge Handbook on Migration and Language (2017): Short-listed for British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 2018 Book Prize.
  • “‘Blessed in My Own Way’: Pedagogical Affordances for Dialogical Voice Construction in Multilingual Student Writing” (2015): Award from the Journal of Second Language Writing for the Best Article in that journal.
  • Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013): Awarded the Inaugural Best Book Award (2016) from the American Association of Applied Linguistics.
  • Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013): Mina P. Shaughnessy Award (2015) by the Modern Language Association for the Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature.
  • Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013): British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) 2014 Book Prize for an Outstanding Book in Applied Linguistics.
  • “The Place of World Englishes in Composition: Pluralization Continued” (2006): Awarded the Braddock Award for the best article in the journal College Composition and Communication by the Convention of College Composition and Communication, April 2007.
  • A Geopolitics of Academic Writing (2002): Awarded the Gary Olson Award for the best book in Rhetorical and Cultural Studies by the Association for the Teachers of Advanced Composition, March 2003.
  • Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching (1999). Winner of the Mina P.Shaughnessy Award by the Modern Language Association of America for the Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature, Dec.2000.
  • Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching (1999): Short-listed for the best book award of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, 2000.


Professional honors:

  • Appointed as Commissioner of Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission by Governor Tom Wolf, January 2021.
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award by the American Association of Applied Linguistics for 2018. Awarded March, 24, 2018, Chicago.
  • Named as one of the “top 50 scholars who have shaped the field of TESOL,” by TESOL International, and honored in its 50th anniversary celebrations in the annual convention, March 6th 2016, Baltimore.
  • Appointed Commissioner in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs by the Governor of Pennsylvania, November 2015 to November 2019.
  • Elected President of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, 2011-2012. (Appointment included service as Vice President, Conference Chair, and Past President in the Executive Committee, 2009 to 2013.)
  • Henry Osborne Award 2009 for "academic excellence with Christian commitment" from Cornerstone University, Michigan. October 5th
  • Selected as the Editor for TESOL Quarterly after a two-year international selection process. Editorship held from 2005-2010. (This is the flagship journal of the international association, Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages. The double-blind peer-reviewed journal has an acceptance rate of 8%, 8000 individual subscribers, and 1700 institutional subscribers.)
  • Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Research, Baruch College/City University of New York, Aug.2004.
  • Won the Feliks Gross Endowment Award of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and the Sciences for outstanding junior faculty in CUNY, 1999.
  • Won the National Endowment of Humanities Summer Stipend Award, as the Junior Faculty nominee of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Baruch College, 1998.


Distinguished academic appointments:

  • Selected as the S. T. Lee Visiting Fellow 2015-2016 by the School of Advanced Studies, University of London, June 2016. (Selection based on competitive international nominations.)
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. July 22nd to August 23rd, 2013.
  • LASC Distinguished Visiting Professor, Language and Society Centre; School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics; Monash University, Australia. August 1-7, 2012. (Also delivered the fifth annual Language and Society Lecture.)
  • Visiting Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, July 10-23, 2012.
  • Named Language Learning Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, National University of La Plata, Argentina, May 21-27, 2012. (Grant from the journal Language Learning.)
  • Thomas Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of Louisville, fall 2011.
  • Named TOEFL International Speaker, with grant from TOEFL, at the International Symposium on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in Latin America IV, June 29 to July 2, 2011 in Oaxaca, Mexico.
  • Invited as Resident Fellow, Stellensbosch Institute for Advanced Studies, Cape Town, South Africa. Summer 2011. (Selection based on competitive international nominations.)
  • Invited as Benjamin Meeker Visiting Professor in the Institute of Advanced Studies, sponsored by the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol, UK, Summer 2008. (Selection based on competitive international nominations.)
  • Invited as the Mellon Foundation Guest Lecturer at the American University of Paris, France, April, 2003.
  • Invited as a Visiting Scholar in Education by the Wisconsin Center for Education Research for the 1999-2000 academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



(Total author Citations 27814; h-index 63; i10-index 134 in October 2021)

Single-authored books:

  • Language Incompetence: Learning to Communicate through Cancer, Disability, and Anomalous Embodiment. London: Routledge, 2022.
  • Transnational Literacy Autobiographies as Translingual Writing. London: Routledge, 2020. Pages viii+312.
  • Translingual Practices and Neoliberal Policies: Attitudes and Strategies of African Skilled Migrants in Anglophone Workplaces. Berlin: Springer, 2016. Pages vii+66.
  • Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2013. Pages xxii + 230
  • Critical Academic Writing and Multilingual Students. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2002. Pages xiii+279.
  • A Geopolitics of Academic Writing. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2002. Pages x+332.
  • Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 1999. Pages viii+216.


Edited books:

  • Routledge Handbook of Migration and Language. London: Routledge, 2017. Pages xx+590.
  • Literacy as Translingual Practice: Between Communities and Classrooms. New York: Routledge, 2013. Pages xxii + 256.
  • Reclaiming the Local in Language Policy and Practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2005. Pages: xxx + 297.


Co-edited books:

  • Jain, R., B. Yazan, & S. Canagarajah. Transnational Identities and Practices in English Language Teaching. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2021. Pages xi+276.
  • Yazan, B., S. Canagarajah, & R. Jain. Autoethnographies in ELT: Transnational Identities, Pedagogies, and Practices. Abingdon: Routledge, 2021. Pages viii+267.
  • Giampapa, F & S. Canagarajah. Skilled Migration and Global English. London: Routledge, 2018. Pages ix+ 148.
  • Wong, M & S. Canagarajah. Christian and Critical English Language Educators in Dialogue. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, 2009. Pp. xxii + 301.


Guest-edited special topic issues in research journals:

  • “Transnational Work, Translingual Practices, and Interactional Sociolinguistics.” Journal of Sociolinguistics. Vol. 24/5, November 2020.
  • “Reorienting to the Text.” College English. Vol. 82/1, September 2019.
  • “Translingual Practice in Higher Education.” English Teaching and Learning. Vol. 43/1, March 2019. (Co-editor Xuesong Gao.)
  • “Skilled Migration and Global English.” Globalisation, Societies and Education. Vol. 15/1, February 2017. (Co-editor F. Giampapa.)
  • “Scalar Approaches in Educational Linguistics.” Linguistics and Education, vol. 34, June 2016. (Co-editor P. De Costa.)
  • “Diaspora Identities and Language.” Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, vol. 11/2, May 2012. (Co-editor S. Silberstein)
  • “Multilingual Communication and Language Acquisition.” The Reading Matrix, Volume 11, Number 1, January 2011.
  • “Fortieth Anniversary State-of-the-Art Issue.” TESOL Quarterly, vol. 40.1, March 2006.
  • “Celebrating Local Knowledge on Language and Education.” Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, vol. 1.4, December 2002.


Journal articles reprinted in anthologies:

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

Reprinted in:

Piller, Ingrid and Alexandra Grey (eds). Language and Globalization. London: Routledge, 2017.

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

Reprinted in:

Ellen Cushman and Christina Haas (eds), Literacies: A Critical Sourcebook, 2/e, Bedford, 2019.

  1. The place of World Englishes in composition: Pluralization continued. College Composition and Communication, 57/4 (2006): 586-619.

Reprinted in:

Perryman-Clark, S., Kirkland, D., & Jackson, A. (Eds.). Students’ Right to their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook. Urbana: NCTE, 2015. Pp.279-304.

Prinsloo, M & M. Baynham. Literacy Studies: SAGE Benchmarks in Language and Linguistics. London: Sage, 2013.

Susan Miller (ed.), The Norton Book of Composition Studies. New York and London: Norton, 2009. Pp. 1617-1642.

4. Safe Houses in the Contact Zone: Coping strategies of African American students in the academy. College Composition and Communication 48/2 (1997): 173-196.

Reprinted in:

Zarina Hock. (Ed.). Trends and Issues in Postsecondary English Studies. Urbana: NCTE, 1999. Pp. 23-49.

  1. Critical ethnography of a Sri Lankan classroom: Ambiguities in student opposition to reproduction through ESOL. TESOL Quarterly 27 /4 (1993): 601-626.

Reprinted in:

Chris Candlin and Neil Mercer. (Eds.) English Language Teaching in its Social Context: A Reader. London, New York: Routledge, 2001. Pp.208-226.

Areas of Specialization

Rhetoric and Composition

World Englishes; Multilingual writing; Decolonization approaches; Disability studies.