Karen E. Lillie, Ph.D.
Office: TH E 274 Phone: (716) 673-4656
Dr. Karen E. Lillie earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Arizona State University
in 2011. She has taught high school English to students learning English as their
second language in Arizona and was also the ELL Coordinator for the entire school
district. Presently, Dr. Lillie is the Editorial Associate for the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. She is also on the Advisory Committee of the Language Policy and Research Network
(LPREN), an honor she received while still a graduate student at ASU.
An Assistant Professor in the Department of Language, Learning, and Leadership, Dr.
Lillie currently teaches courses in second language acquisition theory, sociolinguistics,
educational research, and linguistics for educators. When not teaching her graduate
students, Dr. Lillie continues her research interests in language policy and forensic
Dr. Lillie’s current research and scholarly interests include the following: Language
policy, forensic linguistics, and language rights.
Specifically within language policy: Language minority education (secondary school especially), legal implications on
policy/effects of English-Only laws and propositions, English language learner drop-out
rates, two-way bilingual instruction, heritage language maintenance/revival, and other
Specifically within forensic linguistics: Language rights for non-native English speakers, implications of language in the
courtroom/criminal justice system for language learners, authorship, discourse analysis,
and linguistic identification (e.g., speaker, dialect).
- Lillie, K. E., & Markos, A. (forthcoming). The four-hour block: SEI in classrooms.
In S. Moore (Ed.), Language policy implementation process and consequence: An Arizona case study. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
- Lillie, K. E., Markos, A., Arias, M.B., & Wiley, T.G. (in-press). Separate and not
equal: The implementation of structured English immersion in Arizona’s classrooms.
Special Issue: Teachers College Record.
- Lillie, K. E., Markos, A., Estrella, A., Nguyen, T., Peer, K., Perez, K., Trifiro,
A., Arias, M.B., & Wiley, T.G. (July, 2010). Policy in practice: The implementation of structured English immersion in Arizona. Los Angeles, CA: Civil Rights Project: University of California, Los Angeles.
Selected Presentations (Lead Presenter)
- ACCESS 4th Annual Institute, Panel Session, Tempe, AZ. Flores v. Arizona Update, April 30, 2011. Presenter on panel with Tim Hogan and M. Beatriz Arias.
- AERA, Division L, Section 2: Panel Session, New Orleans, LA. Horne v. Flores: Impact of the Arizona Educational Equity Project, April 8, 2011. Chair & Discussant: Patricia C. Gándara. Presenter on paper entitled
“Policy in Practice: The Implementation of Structured English Immersion in Arizona”.
- AERA, Division G, Section 4 & Bilingual Research SIG Panel Session, New Orleans, LA. A View of Arizona’s Structured English Immersion: Offering Access or Creating Barriers
to Education for English Learners, April 9, 2011. Discussant: Esther J. de Jong. Presenter on paper entitled “Sociocultural Consequences of Policy in Practice for Language Minority Students in
- AERA, Division L, Section 3: Roundtable Session, New Orleans, LA. The Implication of a Restrictive Language Policy on Teacher Preparation and Classroom
Practice, April 12, 2011. Chair: M. Beatriz Arias. Presenter on paper entitled “Policy in Practice: An Interpretive Policy Analysis of Arizona’s Structured English
- California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), Long Beach Convention Center,
Long Beach, CA. Coping with SEI: Lessons from Ground Zero in Arizona. March 24, 2011.
- Linking Language to Crime: Linguistic Inequality, Restrictive Policies, & the Criminal
Justice System, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, December 1, 2010.
- You Wrote That…: Testing a Suggested Empirical Method of Authorship Authentication
via Syntactic Measures, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, November 18, 2009.
- Differing Dialects: Speaker Identification and Profiling Via Forensic Phonetics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, May 5, 2009.
- ‘Just’ Language: An Ethnographic Approach to Analyzing the Language of Courts in an
English-Only State, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 15, 2009.
- Bilingual Education: “Honoring Our Heritage for a Better Tomorrow”, New York State
Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE), Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. Lessons Learned from Arizona, March 12-15, 2009.
- American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL)
- International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)
- American Education Research Association (AERA, Division L and Division G)
- Law and Society Association (LSA)
- International Language and Law Association (ILLA)
Ph.D., Applied Linguistics (Specialization: language policy, forensic linguistics).
August 2011. Arizona State University (Tempe).
Dissertation: Giving the Students a Voice: Surveying Students about Arizona’s Structured English
Immersion Restrictive Language Policy