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Research Focus

Dr. Engman's research interests address questions related to Indigenous/heritage language maintenance and reclamation, materials use, identity, and policy in a variety of language teaching and learning contexts.  She draws on her years of experience with Native and settler educators in the Upper Midwest of the United States to examine the intersections of language, sign, and power in the social and material world.

Recent and current work include a linguistic ethnography of bilingual pedagogies in an Ojibwe tribal school, a critical multimodal social semiotic analysis of the social media practices of high-profile Instagram teachers, and a study of intergenerational Indigenous language use on and with the land.  Dr. Engman draws on critical and qualitative methods to better understand of how expertise, relationships, and meaning emerge in interaction. 

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
academic success

Exposing vacancies: Interactive agency in adult education language policy

Vanek, J., Cushing-Leubner, J., Engman, M. & Kaiper, A., 2019, Agency in Language Policy and Planning: Critical Inquiries. Bouchard, J. & Glasgow, G. P. (eds.). Routledge, p. 267-296

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Resounding the clarion call: Indigenous language learners and documentation

Hermes, M. & Engman, M. M., 01 Sep 2017, In : Language Documentation and Description. 14, p. 59-87 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access