LLL Faculty:

College of Education
Office of the Dean
705 Maytum Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3311 phone
(716) 673-3794 fax


Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Dr. Lillie

 Karen E. Lillie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

 Office: TH E 274 Phone: (716) 673-4656
 Email: Karen.Lillie@fredonia.edu




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 linguistics.

Research Interests

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 sociolinguistic considerations.

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 Arizona”.
  • 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 Immersion (SEI)”.
  • 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)

Terminal Degree

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


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