Janina Brutt-Griffler

Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Educational Leadership and Policy

Learning and Instruction

 562 Baldy Hall
 716-645-4066
 bruttg@buffalo.edu
  http://gse.buffalo.edu/elp


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Bio and Research Statement

Professor Brutt-Griffler chairs the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. She has taught at a number of leading international institutions, including in the English Department at the University of Vienna and the University of York, England. Professor Brutt-Griffler’s research program focuses on the understanding of language use in society, educational policy, and higher education. Her first book, World English: A Study of its Development, a detailed historical investigation of colonial language policy in the British Empire, revises our understanding of how English came to its globally dominant position today and draws out the implications of its rapid spread for other languages and cultures. The book was honored by the Modern Language Association of America with its Kenneth W. Mildenberger Award for the outstanding book in the field of language, culture, and literature. Her volume English and Ethnicity offers a scholarly exploration of the complex interaction between the English language and the construction of ethnicity/identity in other languages. The volume demonstrates that the constructs of both English and ethnicity are contested sites of identity formation in the English-speaking world.

Professor Brutt-Griffler edits The International Journal of Applied Linguistics (with Wiley-Blackwell). She is the UB’s Principal Investigator of TRANS-DOC: Transatlantic Doctoral Training funded by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of EU Commission, Brussels.

Awards

Kenneth W. Mildenberger Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature. Modern Language Association, 2004.

Grants

TRANS-DOC: Transatlantic Doctoral Training, Erasmus Mundus Programme, EU Commission. PI at the University at Buffalo. 2010-2012.

Forms of Multi-Lingualism: EU Language Policy, National Language, and English. PI. Annual Research Grant, the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, University at Buffalo. 2009.

Member, Research Group on Writing Intensive Reading Comprehension. Principal Investigator: Professor James Collins. Institute of Education Sciences, U.S Department of Education, $1.5 million (Award # R305G040153), University at Buffalo. 2004-2007.

Co-PI, Pathways to Bilingualism: e-Learning and the Teaching of Modern Foreign Languages, U.S. Department of Education, $540,000 (Award# P017A060079). Funded 2007.



Books

Brutt-Griffler, J. & Davies, C. (Eds.). (2006). English and ethnicity. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Brutt-Griffler, J. & Varghese, M. (Eds.). (2004). Bilingualism and language pedagogy. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters Press.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2002). World English: A study of its development. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters Press.

Winner of the Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize for the Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature. Modern Language Association, 2004.

Selected Recent Articles

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2010). Bilingualism and English language teaching. In R. Andrews (Ed.), Language, Culture and Literacy (pp. 228-242). Routledge.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2010). A political perspective. In K. Knapp & B. Seidlhofer (Eds.), Foreign Language Communication and Learning, Volume 5 of Handbooks of Applied Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2008). Intellectual culture and cultural imperialism: Implications of the growing dominance of English in academia. In C. Gnutzmann (Ed.), English in Academia: Catalyst or Barrier? (pp.59-72). Tubingen: Gunter Narr Verlag.

Makoni, S., Brutt-Griffler, J. & Mashiri, P. (2007). The use of "indigenous" and urban vernaculars in Zimbabwe. Language in Society 36(1) 25-49.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2007). Bilingualism and Elearning. In R. Andrews & C. Haythornthwaite (Eds.), Handbook of Elearning Research (pp. 349-370). London: Sage.

Brutt-Griffler, J. Collins, J. (2007). English as a multilingual subject: Theoretical and research perspectives. In V. Ellis, C. Fox & B. Street (Eds.), Rethinking English in Schools. London: Continuum Books.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Language and globalisation: Myths and realities. In F. Königs and E. Zöfgen. Fremdsprachen Lehren und Lernen: Sprachdidaktik interkulturell. FLUL 35 (pp. 166-182). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Language endangerment and world English: Theoretical perspectives. In M. Putz, J. Fishman, & JoAnne Neff-van Aertselaer (Eds.), "Along the routes to power": Explorations of empowerment through language (pp. 35-55). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Race and ethnicity in the English speaking world. In J. Brutt-Griffler & C. Davies (Eds.), English and Ethnicity (pp. 277-300). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Brutt-Griffler, J. & Makoni, S. (2006). The uses of "heritage language." An African perspective. The Modern Language Journal, 89, 609-612.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). Globalisation and applied linguistics: Postimperial questions of identity and the construction of applied linguistics discourse. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 15, 113-15.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). "Who do you think you are, where do you think you are?": Language policy and the political economy of English in South Africa. In C. Gnutzmann & F. Intemann (Eds.), The globalization of English and the English language Classroom (pp. 25-37). Tübingen: Narr.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). World language, international language, and languages of wider communication. The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Science.

Peer Reviewed

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2012, October). TRANS-DOC: Transferability Across the Atlantic. Sponsored by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union. Brussels, Belgium.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2010, March) Forms of Multilingualism: EU Language Policy, National Language and English. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, GA.

Madigan, T.J., Collins, J.L., Brutt-Griffler, J., Babu, P., & Lee, J. (2006, December). Patterns of reading and writing connections in WIRC thinksheets and between thinksheets and literature. Paper presented at the annual National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Conference Presentations

Invited

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2010, October). A global language for global universities? Language in higher education. Plenary at the International Conference on Learning and Teaching 2010, Malaysia.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2009, December). Encounters with English: Present-day English in a multilingual world. Organizer and presenter at the MLA’s invited session Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2008, December). English today. Invited presentation at the Modern Language Association, San Francisco, CA.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2008, June). Linguistic diversity and education. Invited presentation at World Diversity Leadership Summit at the United Nations, New York, NY.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2007). English as a lingua franca in Europe. Invited Colloquium. The International Pragmatics Association, Goteborg, Sweden.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Intellectual culture and cultural imperialism: Implications of the growing dominance of English in academia. Keynote address at Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2006). Conceptualizing bilingual literacy and researching writers' bilingual competence. Conference on 'Why English?'Oxford University, England.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). The sociolinguistics of contemporary English. Paper presented at the Modern Language Association conference, Washington, DC.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). Language, culture, identity and the native speaker. Colloquium, British Association for Applied Linguistics conference, Bristol, UK.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2005). Language endangerment, English, and urban vernaculars. Paper presented at the Department of English, University of York, UK.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2004). International language policy and education: The (re)presentations of indigenous language, 30th International LAUD Symposium, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2004). Language endangerment and world English: Theoretical perspectives. Lecture at the Center for Language Acquisition and Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Pennsylvania State University, PA.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2003). Contemporary perspectives on world English. Paper presented at the Modern Language Association conference, San Diego, CA.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2003). The Political economy of English: Language policy in a transnational context. Symposium on the socio-political setting of English language teaching in Europe, the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Brutt-Griffler, J. (2003). Theorizing world English. Symposium on the globalisation of English and the English language classroom, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany.