Mariana Souto-Manning

Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award 2007

Mariana Souto-Manning, a recent doctoral graduate in language education, established critical narrative analysis as a novel and creative methodology that combines critical discourse and narrative analyses in a mutually beneficial union. She applied this significant qualitative research methodology as a scholar of bilingualism in the early years. In her recently published article in the Bilingual Research Journal, she employs critical narrative analysis to question the legitimacy of specific bilingualism discourses in two Southeastern public schools. Her work shows how bilingualism discourse continues to reflect a deficit orientation and how such an orientation affects students’ educational experiences. Published in the summer of 2006, her work is already being employed by researchers in the U.S., China, Thailand and Israel. She is now an assistant professor in UGA’s Department of Child and Family Development.