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Research interests: Multilingualism & Plurilingualism, Language policy and politics, Language Teacher reflexivity, Language identity

Intérêts de recherche : multilinguisme et plurilinguisme, politiques de langue, réflexivité chez les enseignants de langue, identité langagière


Gail Prasad is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the department of Curriculum & Instruction. Her research investigates plurilingual approaches to teaching and learning in multilingual contexts, and more broadly the role of creative visual and multimodal research methodologies in applied linguistics.

She completed her doctorate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in the department of Languages and Literacies Education. Her doctoral inquiry engaged children in English and French schools in Toronto, Canada, as well as in Montpellier, France, as co-ethnographers of their plurilingual language and literacies practice  at school and at home. As a tricultural plurilingual Canadian and as a classroom teacher, Gail is committed to helping educators develop inclusive plurilingual practice to support all learners.

Gail has received a number of awards and fellowships for her academic work and for her leadership in a variety of communities. In 1998, She was selected was a Weston Loran scholar by the Loran Scholars Foundation. As a graduate student, she was  awarded the William Pakenham Fellowship in Education from OISE (2007), a Master’s level Canada Graduate scholarship (SSRHC, 2007-2008), two Ontario graduate scholarships (2008-2009, 2009-2010), a Joseph Armand Bombardier Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC, 2010-2013) and a Garfield Weston Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2014). She has gone on to receive OISE/UT Outstanding Dissertation Award, AERA Second Language Research Award and the Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research from the Canadian Education Association.

Gail has been involved in a number of research projects at OISE/UT, most notably with the Centre de Recherches en Éducation Franco-Ontarienne (CRÉFO) with Professor Diane Farmer, as well as research internships with Careforce International in Burkina Faso and Kenya,  and a MITACS Accelerate industry internship with ArtsSmarts Waterloo Region and Overlap Associates.  She is now continuing her research on teaching and learning in multilingual schools at UW-Madison.

Gail’s doctoral supervisor was Professor Normand Labrie from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her Weston Doctoral Fellowship was held under the supervision of Professor Nathalie Auger, laboratoire PRAXILING at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier.


Find out more about Gail Prasad and her research:

I am Plurilingual!/ Je suis Purilingue! website

University of Wisconsin-Madison



Research Interests: Indigenous education and research, guest and host relationships, Indigenous social work, adult education

Intérêts de recherche : Éducation et recherche indigène, relations entre hôte et invité, travail social indigène, éducation pour adultes


Ruth is interested in Onkwehonwe (the Mohawk word for “original people”) knowledges, approaches and world views. She is a Mohawk woman and a member of the Turtle clan. As a teacher, Ruth utilizes Onkwehonwe pedagogies including storytelling, experiential learning, and reciprocal relationship building. As a researcher, Ruth is interested in ways to bring Onkwehonwe histories and knowledges into critical social work educations. She has engaged multiple Onkwehonwe communities in research projects that include: HIV/AIDS, food security, and education. As a community member and activist, Ruth is on numerous committees (including co-chairing the York wide ‘Indigenous Council’ and chairing of the School of Social Work’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee) and volunteers at several Toronto and Ontario Aboriginal organizations (including as a community council member holding restorative justice circles at Aboriginal Legal Services and is a board member at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto)

Ruth’s dissertation entitled, “Understanding Your Education: Onkwehonwe and Guests Responsibilities to Peace Friendship and Mutual Respect”, explores how Guest participants engaged with Onkwehonwe worldviews as they enrolled within post-secondary courses about Onkwehonwe topics, taught by Onkwehonwe instructors/professors from Onkwehonwe perspectives. Ruth spoke to nine Elders and Traditional Teachers to learn about expected Guest behaviour. These teachings along with teachings of Wampum Belts were used to understand and analyze the stories of nineteen Guest participants.


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