Ronald Fuentes

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Ronald Fuentes


B.A., 1993, University of British Columbia
M.A.T. (TESOL), 2005, University of Washington
Ph.D., 2009, University of Washington

Academic Summary

Ronald Fuentes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Memphis. His research interests include language policy in education, language ideology and socialization, and immigration and transnationalism. He is particularly interested in how different social, political, familial, and educational decisions position individuals in multilingual and multicultural environments. He examines how these decisions affect individuals' language attitudes and practices and how these decisions are shaped by immigration and transnationalism.

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Book Chapters

  • Fuentes, R. & Gomez Soler, I. (2022). "Instructors' navigation and appropriation of gender-inclusive Spanish at a U.S. university." Current Issues in Language Planning. 
  • "Misalignment of Teacher Outcomes and Student Goals: Transnational Migrants in an Adult ESL Program." US Education in a World of Migration: Implications for Policy and Practice. 2014.
  • "Benefits and Costs of Exercising Agency: A Case Study of an English Language Learner Navigating a Four-Year University" Linguistic Minority Students' Go to College: Preparation, Access, and Persistence. 2012.