Wayne E. Wright

Wayne E. Wright

Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Programs; and Faculty Development; Professor and Barbara I. Cook Chair of Literacy and Language


Dr. Wayne E. Wright is an award-winning scholar focused on language and education policies and programs for English language learners and other language minority students. His research has been published widely in books and academic journals. He is the author of two best-selling textbooks, Foundations for Teaching English Language Learners: Research, Theory, Policy and Practice, and (with Colin Baker) Foundations for Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. He is Editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement; and Co-Editor of the Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education; the Journal of Language, Identity and Education, and of a book series on Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Dr. Wright is a former ESL and bilingual Khmer (Cambodian) teacher. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. He is currently a Co-PI on two large federal education grants focused on ELL literacy and dual language education.


  • Ph.D. — Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Arizona State University
  • M.A. — Language, Literacy, & Learning, California State University Long Beach
  • B.A. — Liberal Studies (Concentration in Asian American Studies), California State University Long Beach

Research Interests

Dr. Wright’s research is focused on the language, education, and assessment policies and programs for language-minority students. Specifically he studies:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Dual language bilingual education
  • Mother-tongue-based multilingual education
  • English as a second/foreign language
  • Second-language teaching and learning
  • Heritage languages
  • High-stakes testing, language assessment, Asian American Education, Southeast Asian American Education, Cambodian Americans, Education policy and practice in Cambodia

Full Profile

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