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Donna Christian

Donna Christian is Treasurer of The International Research Foundation on English Language Education (TIRF). She has been a member of TIRF’s Board of Trustees since 2005 and was elected Treasurer in 2011. Dr. Christian received her MS in applied linguistics and PhD in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC where she served as President from 1994-2010. Her research and publications have focused largely on the role of language in education, including second language learning, dialect diversity, and public policy. She has co-edited, with fellow TIRF trustees, three volumes in the “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English” series, which is co-published by TIRF and Routledge. Dr. Christian was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland for two years. She has been honored with several awards, including the 2006 Promoting Bilingualism award from the Association for Two-Way and Dual Language Education, and the 2011 Victoria A. Fromkin Lifetime Service Award from the Linguistic Society of America.