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Hyun-Sook Kang

Associate Professor

Biography

Hyun-Sook Kang earned her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2007, and prior to her post in EPOL, she was on the faculty in the Linguistics Department at Illinois, Illinois State University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently serving as Co-Editor of Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

Research Interests

Hyun’s research interests center on language practice and ideology in relation to global mobility, such as immigration and study abroad. Her recent research has examined student agency, belief, and identity in context with implications for teacher development and internationalization of education. She is also interested in ontological, epistemological, and methodological considerations in educational research. Her works have appeared in international peer-reviewed journals, such as American Journal of Distance Education, Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Language Awareness, Modern Language Journal, and TESOL Quarterly. 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Associate Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Associate Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives

Recent Publications

Kang, H.-S., & Nam-Huh, Y. (2025). Online language teacher education: A systematic review. In Z. Tajeddin, & T. Farrell (Eds.), Handbook of Language Teacher Education: Critical Review and Research Synthesis (Springer International Handbooks of Education). Springer.

Kang, H.-S. (Accepted/In press). Two tales of study abroad: The role of class . In V. Tavares (Ed.), Internationalization of TESOL teacher education: Global and critical perspectives Multilingual Matters.

Kang, H.-S., & Pacheco, M. B. (Accepted/In press). Engagement with Language in Study Abroad: Accounts from Korean English-major Students in the United States. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2024.2356621

Kang, H. S., & Kurney, L. T. (2024). Equity-Focused Education Abroad in a Community College: Practitioner Perspective. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2024.2330093

Kang, H. S. (2024). Learners' beliefs about English language learning: The case of Korean college students sojourning in the United States. Study Abroad Research in Second Language Acquisition and International Education, 9(1), 76-99. https://doi.org/10.1075/sar.22008.kan

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