Ofelia García

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Research Interests

  • Language, Literacy, Culture and Bilingualism in Education


  • Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center

Ofelia García is Professor Emerita in Urban Education and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures. She is internationally known for her work on bilingual education and the education of racialized students, language policy, multilingualism, and the 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 and have been the topic of her numerous publications.
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. The American Educational Research Association has awarded her two Lifetime Research Achievement Awards ––Distinguished Contributions to Social Contexts in Education (2019) and Bilingual Education (2017), as well as Second Language Acquisition Leadership through Research Award (2019). In 2022 she received the ALD (Association of Language Departments) Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession from the Modern Language Association. Among her other honors, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Bank Street Graduate School of Education (2016), the Charles Ferguson Award in Applied Linguistics (2017), and The Graduate Center’s Excellence in Mentoring Award (2018). She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Education. For more, visit www.ofeliagarcia.org.