Linda Harklau is a Professor in the TESOL and World Language Education Program and Affiliated Faculty in the Linguistics Department at the University of Georgia (USA). Over the past 25 years, her research has examined factors affecting second language learning and academic achievement of immigrant youth in high school and college. A recipient of the TESOL Distinguished Research Award, her work has appeared in journals including TESOL Quarterly, Linguistics and Education, Educational Policy, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Second Language Writing, Teachers College Record, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She has co-edited three books and is author of Adolescent Second Language Learning and Multilingualism (2022, Oxford University Press). She has also researched and published in the area of qualitative research methodologies, particularly longitudinal case study. She contributed to TESOL Quarterly’s first qualitative research guidelines and was lead editor of the Qualitative Research section of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley). She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (Elsevier). She is Past-President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Applied Linguistics.

Areas of Expertise

  • youth and multilingualism
  • college composition and the high school to college transition
  • qualitative research
  • new immigrant communities


  • Linguistically minoritized students and academic achievement
  • High school to college transition
  • Qualitative research methods in applied linguistics
  • Second language writing instruction for adolescents and adults
  • Second language acquisition in mainstream or content area classrooms
  • International teaching assistants transition to U.S. institutions of higher learning



  •  Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture, 1992
    University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education.
  •  M.A. in English as a Second Language, 1985
    University of Minnesota.
  •  B.A. in History and French., 1980
    University of Minnesota.


 Aderhold Hall, 309U/V

Awards and Accolades

President, American Association for Applied Linguistics

American Association for Applied Linguistics, 2018

Outstanding Reviewer, American Educational Research Journal - Section on Social and Institutional Analysis

American Educational Research Journal

Institute for Behavioral Research Mentoring Program, University of Georgia

University of Georgia, 2002

TESOL Heinle & Heinle Distinguished Research Award

TESOL International Association, 1995