Ofelia García
Position: Professor
Programs: Urban Education | Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212) 817-8279
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
Research Interests: Language, Literacy, Culture and Bilingualism in Education
Ofelia García is internationally known for her work on bilingual education, language policy, multilingualism, and sociology of language. Her concepts of dynamic bilingualism and translanguaging have had a significant impact on understandings of the complex language practices of bi/multilingual students in the twenty-first century. This was the topic of her book Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective (2009).
Most recently, she has focused on bilingualism in formal and informal U.S. educational contexts, and particularly in New York City, coediting, with Zeena Zakharia and Bahar Otcu, Bilingual Community Education and Multilingualism: Beyond Heritage Languages in a Global City (2012) and cowriting Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Bilingual Education and Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights (2011) with Lesley Bartlett. Among her other books are Educating Emergent Bilinguals (with J. Kleifgen), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity, Vol. I & II (with J. A. Fishman), Negotiating Language Policies in Schools (with K. Menken), Imagining Multilingual Schools (with T. Skutnabb-Kangas and M. Torres-Guzmán), and Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education (with L. Wei).
García came to the Graduate Center from Columbia University’s Teachers College and was previously dean of the School of Education at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. She holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Languages and Literatures from the Graduate Center. García was named to the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 2012. She was the 2012 Wits Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) and received the 2008 NYSABE Gladys Correa Award. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Spencer Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Education, and a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (South Africa). For more information, visit her website at www.ofeliagarcia.org.