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Suhanthie Motha Wins Book Award for Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching

Suhanthie Motha (English) has won the 2015 Critics' Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association. Suhanthie’s book, Race, Empire, and English Language Teaching: Creating Responsible and Ethical Anti-Racist Practice (Teachers College Press, 2014), shows how language is used to create hierarchies of cultural privilege in public schools across the United States, drawing on the work of four ESL teachers who developed antiracist pedagogical practices during their first year of teaching.

Suhanthie worked on her manuscript as a 2012-13 member of the Society of Scholars, a Simpson Center program that brings UW scholars together across disciplines to discuss and sharpen their work. She will receive the AESA award at its annual meeting in San Antonio in November.

Congratulations, Suhanthie!