Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies
Suresh Canagarajah is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Applied Linguistics, and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses in Global Englishes, Multilingual Academic Writing, Disability Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. He taught earlier in the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and the City University of New York. He was formerly the editor of the TESOL Quarterly and President of the American Association of Applied Linguistics. He serves in the Pennsylvania Governor's State Law Enforcement Advisory Commission. His Routledge Handbook on Language and Migration (Routledge 2017) won the 2020 best book award from the American Association of Applied Linguistics. His latest publication is Language Incompetence: Learning to Communicate through Cancer, Disability, and Anomalous Embodiment (Routledge, 2022). He’s the founding director of the Consortium for Democratizing Academic Publishing and Knowledge which mentors multilingual and minoritized scholars into research publishing.