Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Deborah K. Palmer

Associate ProfessorPh.D., University of California, Berkeley


  • Phone: (512) 232-4015
  • Office: SZB 440E
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm or by appointment
  • Campus Mail Code: D5700


Bilingual Education; Dual Language Education; Discourse Analysis and Ethnography; Language Minority Policy, Politics and Programs


Deborah Palmer's research interests include ethnography and discourse analysis in diverse multilingual settings, bilingual education programs, policy and practice, dual language/two-way immersion education, and inservice bilingual teacher education. In particular, Dr. Palmer examines issues of race and class in bilingual settings, and the impact of critical awareness of teachers on mitigating hegemonic discourses. She also explores various ways to open spaces/opportunities in the discourse for learning for linguistically diverse children in school. She is interested in how bilingual children can be positioned or position themselves in academically powerful ways within a classroom. Dr. Palmer is an affiliate faculty member in the Cultural Studies in Education program area, and a member of the Graduate Studies Committee for Foreign Language Education, all in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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