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Colleen Hamilton


Assistant Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

Graduate level courses in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education foundations, methods, assessment, and literacy; linguistics for educators

Areas of Expertise:

Bilingualism and Schooling, Second Language Acquisition, Language Education and Pedagogy, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and contexts, College Access


Colleen Hamilton is a language educator and scholar focusing on Spanish-English bilingualism across schooling trajectories and contexts. Her teaching and research have found her in English content-based immersion, French foreign language, Spanish-English dual language immersion, and independent language study settings. Her work with teachers includes elementary-secondary teacher education, middle grades curriculum design, and professional development in culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy. Her experiences in North American and European multilingual settings informs her critical sociolinguistic, plurilingual, and cultural-historical perspectives on language as a human right.


PhD, Second Language Acquisition, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MA, Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts, University of Barcelona

BA, French, Manchester College

Research and Interests:

With interests at the intersection of language, power, and identity, Colleen Hamilton works to shift the focus of language education from enrichment to equity by contributing to transformative educational initiatives and critical scholarship that elevate the practices and perspectives of bilinguals. Recent projects supporting equitable educational outcomes for bilingual learners include:

  • Bilingualism and biliteracy support at a youth-run community newspaper
  • Secondary bilingual and immigrant student college preparation
  • Translanguaging and learning in elementary bilingual classrooms

Hamilton, C., & Pacheco, M. (2019). Bilingual youth and networks of support: Designing a formula for success on the path to college. In M. Pacheco, P. Z. Morales, and C. Hamilton (Eds.), Transforming Schooling for Second Language Learners: Policies, Pedagogies, and Practices (pp. 199-216). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hamilton, C. (2018). Bilingualism as a borderlands: Researching bilingual youth’s practices, perspectives, and positioning between languages. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies.

Contact Information:

Chicago campus
(312) 261-3392


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    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

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