Kate Menken
Research Fellow


  • Assessment
  • English language learners

Kate Menken is a professor of linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a research fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is co-principal investigator of the CUNY-New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) project, associate editor/review editor for the journal Language Policy, and chair of AERA’s Bilingual Education Research School Improvement Grant. Previously, she was a researcher at the National Clearinghouse for bilingual education and a teacher of English as a second language. She holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include language education policy, bilingual education and emergent bilinguals in secondary schools. Recent books are “English Learners Left Behind: Standardized Testing as Language Policy,” published by Multilingual Matters in 2008, and “Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers,” co-edited with Ofelia García and published by Routledge in 2010.