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Usree Bhattacharya

Usree Bhattacharya

Assistant Professor of English

Office: Leonard 215C  
Phone: 724-357-4935


  • Ph.D. (Education): University of California, Berkeley (2013)
  • M.A. (Teaching International Languages): California State University, Chico (2006)
  • M.A. (English): Lakehead University (2001)
  • B.A. (English): LSR College, Delhi University (1998) 

Academic Interests: 

Discourse, Globalization, Indian Education, Language Ideology, Language Policy, Literacy, Multilingualism, TESOL  


My research is inspired by questions of diversity, equity, and access in multilingual educational contexts, especially as they pertain to the circulation of English as a “global” language. It combines the analysis of educational policy and practice with methods from the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, linguistic anthropology, and literacy studies. A primary aim of my work is to illuminate the role of discourses, ideologies, and everyday practices in the production and reproduction of hierarchical relations within educational systems. 

Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

  • Bhattacharya, U. (2013). Mediating inequalities: exploring English-medium instruction in a suburban Indian village school. Current Issues in Language Planning, 14(1), 164-184. 
  • Sterponi, L. & Bhattacharya, U. (2012). Dans les traces de Hymes et au-delà: les études de la socialisation langagière [In the footsteps of Hymes and beyond: the language socialisation studies]. Langage et Société, 139, 67-82. 
  • Bhattacharya, U. (2011). The “West” in Literacy Studies. Berkeley Review of Education, 2(2), 179-198.