Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the following areas - Pluri/Multilingualism, TESOL, Critical Discourse Analysis, Language Policy, Language Revitalization, Migration and Asylum Seeking, Social Justice, Critical Education and Decolonization.
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Research Interests

My main research lies at the intersection of social justice and language education. I draw on ethnographic approaches and critical research to explore how language connects with concepts of culture, race, linguistics, human rights, diversity and equity at national and international levels. I particularly pay attention at the role of capitalism, neoliberalism and globalization on language policies, classroom practices and community impact. I utilized methodologies that contribute to the well being of communities, students, teachers. To this, I engage particularly with modes abstracted from Epistemologies of the South to understand and work for the most marginalized communities in society (Immigrants, asylum seekers, Indigenous, Black, 2SLGBTQA+, and Neurodiverse communities).


My teaching philosophy is guided by two epistemological concepts that I have acquired throughout the years of working with communities (teacher/students from across Abya Yala – Turtle Island) and conversations with Indigenous peoples in the continent. These concepts are El Buen Vivir and Sentipensante which have encouraged me to problematize current sociopolitical and unequal colonial projects as I seek to amplify the knowledge of those who have lived at the margins of society.

As such, I understand my students as beings who are in constant change, fluidity and reflective consciousness. They constantly not only see knowledge as a form of learning but as a source for transformation and I act as a facilitator of the process: I am the source of motivation and guidance to find the necessary and most appropriate educational tools to find cultural and sustaining social solutions to their own struggles or those of their community.


I am also interested in creative and collaborative inquiry to explore art-based, diverse and innovative forms of research such as A.I technology, tattoos and street art as multiliteracy practices and sound walking methodologies to map out the pluricultural and plurilingual diver[cities].  I currently belong to various collectivxs in Canada including the QUILT collective in which we are cultivating the art of yarning and threading knowledge and the ARTEM Collective fostering creative inquiry as inclusive practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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