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Lyn Wright (Lyn Wright Fogle)

Associate Professor

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B.A., 1995, Emory University
M.A., 2002, American University
Ph.D., 2009, Georgetown University

Academic Summary

Lyn Wright Fogle is an applied linguist with interests in language learning, language policy, and bi- and multilingualism. Her research investigates the ideological, interactional, and affective aspects of language learning through language socialization and discourse analytic approaches. Her current projects focus on two main areas. The first is an investigation of discourses of multilingualism in the U.S. South to better understand how constructions of place inform language policies. The second is an examination of sexuality and gender in relation to language learning and multilingualism to consider how fluidity and rigidity emerge in individual experiences. She is the author of Second language socialization and learner agency: Talk in three adoptive families (Multilingual Matters). She is also a former Fulbright Fellow (Russia) and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine).

Select Publications


  • Fogle, L. Wright (2012). Second language socialization and learner agency: Adoptive family talk. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Articles and Chapters

  • Fogle, L. Wright & Moser, K. (in press). Language teacher identities in the Southern United States: Transforming rural schools. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
  • Fogle, L. Wright & King, K. A. (2014). Gender, sexuality and multilingualism in the language classroom. In Spolsky, B., Inbar, O. & Tannenbaum, M. (Eds.) Challenges for language education and policy: Recognizing the individual in applied linguistics. London: Routledge.
  • Fogle, L. Wright (2013). Parental ethnotheories and family language policy in transnational adoptive families. Language Policy, 12(1), 83-102. 10.1007/s10993-012-9261-8
  • King, K. A. & Fogle, L. Wright (2006). Raising bilingual children: Common parental concerns and current research. CAL Digest. Center for Applied Linguistics. (Reprinted in 2009 as La crianza de niños bilingües: Preocupaciones comunes de los padres y las investigaciones actuales [Raising bilingual children: Common parental concerns and current research]).