George Mason University
Jennifer Leeman’s research focuses on ideologies of language, race and nation in the US, language policy in multilingual societies, and language education. Her recent scholarship includes an analysis of racialization of Spanish in the construction of Latinidad, a study of the construction and negotiation of ethnoracial identities in the US census, and an examination of the interplay of ideology, policy and measurement in the production of national language statistics. Within the realm of heritage and additional language education, Dr Leeman is particularly interested in language ideologies and issues of identity, as well as critical approaches to language teaching. Because she is committed to the application of academic research to public policy, In addition to her appointment at George Mason University, Dr. Leeman also serves as Research Sociolinguist at the US Census Bureau, where she conducts research on the production of language statistics, and the development and administration of multilingual surveys (with special attention to the race and ethnicity questions).