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Usree Bhattacharya

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education

Portrait of Usree Bhattacharya

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Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Language and literacy socialization
  • Language ideology
  • Educational equity
  • Globalization
  • Multilingualism
  • Language policy
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Disability studies
  • Translingual literacies

Programs of Study

Research Summary

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Bhattacharya, U. (2019). “My school is a big school”: Imagined communities, inclusion, and ideology in Indian textbooks. Journal of Curriculum Studies.

Bhattacharya, U., Jiang, L., & Canagarajah, S. (2019). “Race, Representation, and Diversity in the American Association for Applied Linguistics.” Applied Linguistics.

Bhattacharya, U. & Jiang, L. (2018). The Right to Education Act (2009): Instructional medium and discitizenship. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2018(253), 149-168.

Bhattacharya, U. (2017). Resisting English: Excavating English ideologies of young boys through chutkule at an Indian orphanage. Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 16(6), 1-16.

Bhattacharya, U. (2017). Colonization and English ideologies in India: A language policy perspective. Language Policy, 16(1), pp. 1-21.

Bhattacharya, U. (2016). The politics of participation: Dis-citizenship through English in a suburban Indian village school. The Journal of English as an International Language, 11(1), 71-85.

Bhattacharya, U. (2013). Mediating inequalities: exploring English-medium instruction in a suburban Indian village school. Current Issues in Language Planning, 14(1), 164-184.

Sterponi, L., & Bhattacharya, U. (2012). Dans les traces de Hymes et au-delà: les études de la socialisation langagière [In the footsteps of Hymes and beyond: the language socialisation studies]. Langage et Société, 139, 67-82.

Bhattacharya, U. (2011). The “West” in Literacy Studies. Berkeley Review of Education, 2(2), 179-198.


Bhattacharya, U. & Sterponi, L. (In press). The Morning Assembly: Constructing subjecthood, authority, and knowledge through classroom discourse in an Indian school. Language Socialization in Classrooms. Cambridge University Press.

Bhattacharya, U. (2019). “There is nothing to do with these girls”: The education of girls with Rett Syndrome. In P. Smagorinsky, J. Tobin, & K. Lee (Eds.), Dismantling the Disabling Environments of Education: Creating New Cultures and Contexts for Accommodating Difference. Peter Lang.

Bhattacharya, U. (2014). Mediating inequalities: exploring English-medium instruction in a suburban Indian village school. In M. O. Hamid, H. T.M. Nguyen, and R. B. Baldauf (Eds.), Language Planning for Medium of Instruction in Asia (164-184). Routledge: London & New York.


Usree Bhattacharya is Assistant Professor in the Language and Literacy Education Department, College of Education, UGA. She received her PhD in Education from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. She has a Master’s degree in Teaching International Languages from California State University, Chico (2006); an MA in English Literature from Lakehead University (2001); and she received a BA in English from LSR College, Delhi University (1998). Her research is inspired by questions of diversity, equity, and access in multilingual educational contexts. A primary aim of her work is to illuminate the role of discourses, ideologies, and everyday practices in the production and reproduction of hierarchical relations within educational systems. Motivated by her toddler daughter’s recent diagnosis of Rett Syndrome, one of her emerging areas of interest is exploring language and literacy socialization within the severe, complex, and multi-disability context.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Education University of California, Berkeley 2013
MA Teaching International Languages CSU Chico 2006
MA English Literature Lakehead University 2001
BA (Hons.) English Delhi University 1998