Lisa Dorner

Lisa Marie Dorner

Post doctoral fellow
Assistant Professor of Education Policy, University of Missouri
Program Coordinator , Education Leadership & Policy Analysis


Lisa M. Dorner, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research centers on language policy and planning, educational policy implementation, and immigrant families, especially their integration in "new" spaces. In her work, she uses both qualitative and quantitative methods and has published in a variety of academic outlets, including: American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Educational Policy and the Journal of Educational Change. She also works with local agencies and educators to develop online curricula and conversations about the immigrant experience

Curriculum Vitae

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Year Degree Institution
2006 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2003 MA, Education and Social Policy Northwestern University
1996 MA, English Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1994 BA, English with Spanish minor (summa cum laude) Truman State University, Kirksville, MO


Year Title  
2006 Constructing a Dual Language Policy in a New Immigrant Community: Conflicts, Contexts, and Kids Microsoft Word DOC Logo Download Microsoft Word DOC

Selected Publications

Dorner, L. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). From global jobs to safe spaces: The diverse discourses that sell multilingual schooling in the U.S.. Current Issues in Language Planning, 16(1&2).

Dorner, L. & Layton, A (2014). “¿Cómo se dice?” Children’s multilingual discourses (or interacting, representing, and being) in a first-grade Spanish immersion classroom. Linguistics and Education, 25: 24-39.

Dorner, L. (2012). The life course and sense-making: Immigrant families’ journeys toward understanding educational policies and choosing bilingual programs. American Educational Research Journal, 49(3): 461-486.

Dorner, L. (2011). Contested communities in a debate over dual language education: The import of ‘public’ values on public policies.. Educational Policy, 25(4): 577-613.

Research Interests

education policy and policy implementation, especially as it relates to Latino immigrant families; bilingual education; immigrant family development

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