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2023-2024 GSC Newsletter Sub-Committee


Edwin Dartey

Edwin is a  Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has taught academic communication, English composition, African literature and film, media literacy, and linguistics courses in Ghana and the United States. His research interests include language policy and planning, multilingualism and multilingual education, English medium education, language ideologies, and southern epistemologies. In both Edwin’s teaching and research, he hopes to contribute to the understanding of alternative epistemologies existent in southern and post-colonial contexts. He can be reached at


Eric Ho

Eric is a PhD candidate in the Second Language Acquisition program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research interests include language, identity, and ideology, particularly in contexts of transnational communications and interactions. He is currently working on collecting data and writing his dissertation on a comparative case study of linguistic landscapes in China and Uganda. Through this work, he hopes to contribute a cross-context, multi-scalar perspective on language and identity construction.


Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard is a Ph.D. student in the Language, Equity and Educational Policy program at Oregon State University. She has taught academic and workplace English at the college level and her research interests include equity in second and foreign language pedagogy and matters of identity in the language classroom. Previous research investigated language identity, imagined communities, and learner motivation for adult English Language Learners (ELLs) in an Intensive English Program. In her doctoral studies, she plans to contribute to research surrounding equitable decolonial pedagogies for ELLs. Sarah can be reached at


Xinyue Lu

Xinyue Lu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Multilingual Language Education program at The Ohio State University. She has taught ESL and Mandarin Chinese at the K-12 and college levels. Currently, she teaches academic writing for international students at OSU and serves as a university supervisor for the World Language Education Licensure program. Her research interests include equity issues in world language education and teacher preparation, sociolinguistics, and academic language socialization.

Member Testimonials

During the 2019-2020 academic year, I had the opportunity to serve on the GSC steering committee and as one of the co-editors for the GSC Newsletter. Working on the newsletter allowed me to be a part of the community of emerging scholars in applied linguistics. I was able to read the work of our peers and think about next directions for research. I appreciated learning about the perspectives of fellow graduate students, and I enjoyed working with authors to share their voices. This position also focused on communicating the work of other GSC sub-committees, including webinars and events embracing diversity in AAAL. I’m proud of the work we do as a community of scholars, teachers, and advocates! 

-Nicole King

2022-2023 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Leila Gholami, Arizona State University
Jieun Kim, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Edwin Dartey, Pennsylvania State University

2021-2022 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Mariana Lima Becker, Boston College
Katherine Kerschen, The Pennsylvania State University
Sooyoung Kang, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

2020-2021 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Zhenjie Weng, Ohio State University
Mariana Lima Becker, Boston College

2019-2020 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Nathan Thomas, UCL Institute of Education

2018-2019 Newsletter Sub-Committee
Amanda Giles, University of Alabama

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