Iwasaki, Erina (ei2232)

Erina Iwasaki

Lecturer, International and Comparative Education - Languages, Communities and Schools

Office Location:

376 GDodge

Office Hours:

Tuesdays 5:00-6:30pm & Thursdays 1-2:30pm

Educational Background

Erina Iwasaki is a Lecturer in the International and Comparative Education program at Teachers College Columbia University. She received her Bachelors of Arts (Licence) in philosophy, her Master of Arts in political and moral philosophy from the Université Paris-Sorbonne IV, and her PhD in Comparative and International Education from Teachers College Columbia University. Between her Masters and her PhD, Erina worked as a French language instructor, a school administrator, and a preschool and elementary school teacher.

Scholarly Interests

Erina's research interests lie in language issues in educational development, particularly examining the efforts of ethnolinguistically non-dominant communities to advocate and implement education in their own languages. 

Her research is currently located in West Africa (Senegal) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar).

Key research words: Bi-/multilingual education; L1-based MLE; mother-tongue based multilingual education; literacy; West Africa; Southeast Asia; language ideologies; decolonization; decoloniality; language-in-education policy; transitional political regimes; policy studies; qualitative methods

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wong, K. M., Iwasaki, E., Benson, C. & Lhagyal, D. (2023). Decolonizing research findings in multilingual education: Using multilingual (re)sources to develop a database for international research. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1-14.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Williams, J. T., & Iwasaki, E. (2022). “Reframing Policy and Practice: Languages in Education as Resources for Peace in Myanmar,” in Wong, M. (eds.), Teaching for Peace and Social Justice in Myanmar: Identity, Agency, and Critical Pedagogy. Bloomsbury, 117-133.

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