Tonda Liggett – Bio

Tonda Liggett, Ph.D.

Tonda Liggett, Marylhurst UniversityAssociate Professor, Education



Ph.D. Education, Curriculum & Instruction; University of New Hampshire
M.A. Language & Linguistics; University of New Hampshire
B.A. English; Hillsdale College

Classes Taught

Culture & Diversity Considerations
Language & Language Development
Second Language Methodology


Tonda Liggett is an Associate Professor and ESOL Program Coordinator at Marylhurst University. Her research focuses on the intersections of English language education and critical multicultural education. Within this nexus, she examines issues of race, culture, and language in relation to teacher identity and teaching. Most recently she has been researching and traveling to Southeast Asia to better understand the role of globalization on language learning and cultural context.

Selected Publications

Deliberative democracy in English language education: Cultural and linguistic inclusion in the school community. Democracy & Education. (October, 2014) Portland, OR: Lewis & Clark College.

The mapping of a framework: Critical race theory and TESOL. The Urban Review. (February, 2014)New York: Springer Publishing. (46)1. pp.112-124. (June, 2013).

Critical multicultural education and teacher sense of agency. Teaching Education. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 22(2). pp. 185-197. (June, 2011).

A little bit marginalized: The structural marginalization of English language teachers in urban and rural public schools. Teaching Education. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 21(3). pp. 217-232. (September, 2010).

Unpacking white racial identity in English language teacher education. In Race, culture, and identities in second language education: Exploring critically engaged practice. Kubota, R. & Lin, A., (Eds.) New York, NY: Routledge Press. pp. 27-43. (2009).

Selected Presentations

Cosmopolitanism, super-diversity, and ELLs living in poverty: Navigating academic success and economic viability. American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Portland, OR. (March, 2014).

English language learners in context: Cosmopolitanism, super-diversity, and access to academic achievement. Paper presentation at the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) annual conference. Oakland, CA. (November, 2013).

Female English language learners: Negotiating gender identity through dialogic engagement. Poster presentation at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) annual conference. Dallas, TX. (March, 2013).

Whiteness and the implications for classroom teaching. Chair, roundtable session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference. Vancouver, BC. (April, 2012).