Yasuko (Yasko) Kanno is an Associate Professor of TESOL in the College of Education, Temple University, where she also coordinates the TESOL Program. She is interested in linguistic minority students’ negotiation of identity and educational opportunities within institutional settings, and this interest
has resulted in three books, Negotiating Bilingual and Bicultural Identities (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003), Language and Education in Japan (Palgrave, 2008), and Linguistic Minority Students Go to College: Preparation, Access, and Persistence (with Linda Harklau, Routledge, 2012). Yasuko is currently working on several projects on linguistic minority students’ access to college, including statistical analyses of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) and the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), and an ethnographic study of linguistic minority high school seniors going to college. One of her recent journal articles, “I’m not going to be, like, for the AP”: English language learners’ limited access to advanced college-preparatory courses in high school (with Sara Kangas, American Educational Research Journal, 2014) has won the 2015 TESOL Award for Distinguished Research. Yasuko is also Co-Editor of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. As a teacher educator, she teaches a variety of TESOL courses, including an undergraduate introductory course in English Language Learner Education, graduate courses in sociopolitical aspects of language teaching and learning, bilingual education and bilingualism, and language teaching methods. At home, she is the mom of an energetic and incredibly social 12-year-old son and spends far more time baking cookies and and cakes than she should.