Margaret Moustafa
Professor of Education


  • Language acquisition
  • Reading and literacy

Margaret Moustafa is professor emeritus of education at California State University, Los Angeles. Her award winning doctoral dissertation investigating children’s cognitive processes in learning phonics serves as the basis for a new, more effective way of teaching phonics to beginning readers. She has served as president of the California Professors of Reading and Language Arts and as a reading commissioner for the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a reviewer for the Reading Research Quarterly and the California Reader. Her many publications include “Beyond Traditional Phonics: Research Discoveries and Reading Instruction,” published by Heinemann; “Whole-to-Parts Phonics Instruction: Building on What Children Know to Help Them Know More,” published by The Reading Teacher, a professional journal in reading education; and “Exceeding the Standards: A Strategic Approach for Linking State Standards and Best Practices in Reading and Writing Instruction,” published by Scholastic. Her work is widely cited by other scholars.