Eva Lam Wins Research Award

Eva Lam Wins Research Award

Eva Lam
Associate professor Eva Lam received a Mid-Career Award from the American Education Research Association (AERA). Her award from the Second Language Special Interest Group (SIG) recognizes “a promising program of research on significant issues in second language research,” according to the AERA.

AERA is the most prominent international professional organization for advancing education research, and its award program is a way for researchers to honor outstanding scholarship. The goal of the Second Language Research SIG is to promote research in second-language learning and to foster the exchange of ideas among educators. Its mid-career award honors an outstanding researcher who has developed a research agenda for six to 15 years.

Lam’s research focuses on language learning, literacy and diversity in education. She studies the social contexts of language learning, new literacies, language varieties and socialization practices with networked digital media. In many studies she investigates how young people, especially youth migrants and children of immigrants, engage in new forms of multilingual learning and identity formation with digital and transnational media.

Her current work in the Chicago area explores how adolescents of immigrant backgrounds use the Internet to organize transnational social relationships, use and produce information and media content across countries, and develop cross-cultural orientation in their language and literacy learning. The broader goal of her research program is “to contribute to societal education that mobilizes linguistic and cultural diversity as productive resources for promoting students' academic and social development in an increasingly intercultural world,” says Lam.

Lam is a recipient of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship, which she received in 2006. She also serves on the editorial boards of TESOL Quarterly, Reading Research Quarterly, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and Journal of Applied Language Studies, and is area editor of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics volume on literacy to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012.

Lam’s research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Language and Education, Review of Research in Education and Reading Research Quarterly. She has also published chapters in books including Computer Assisted Language Learning andHandbook of Research on New Literacies.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/8/11