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Mariana Lima Becker

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice

Dr. Mariana Lima Becker is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research is situated at the intersection of education for bi/multilingual learners, im/migration, and language and literacy studies. Grounded in critical childhood studies and decolonial transborder approaches, her ethnographic inquiry centers racialized bilingual children with recent histories of migration, foregrounding how they (co-)construct belonging and subalternized knowledge in and out of schools. Lima Becker’s dissertation project explored the everyday experiences of children with ties across Brazil and U.S. in their elementary school, exploring children’s roles as implementers of a new bilingual education program and their (trans)border thinking at the margins of their classrooms. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including TESOL Quarterly, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Childhood, Global Studies of Childhood, and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

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