Cynthia Groff’s research addresses multilingualism in society, encompassing multilingual education, bilingualism, biliteracy, language policy, language ideology, and minority identity. Her diverse international projects share a common focus on adequacy of education for linguistic minorities and the experiences and discourses of minority youth.
Dr. Groff’s research addresses multilingualism in society, encompassing bilingualism, biliteracy, language policy, language ideology, and minority identity. Her diverse international projects share a common focus on adequacy of education for linguistic minorities and the experiences and discourses of minority youth. For her dissertation research, she designed an ethnographic study on language, education, and empowerment in North India, focusing on a group of Kumauni young women and taking into account multilingual ideologies and the broader language policy context. This work has been published in her book entitled "The ecology of language in multilingual India: Voices of women and educators in the Himalayan foothills" (Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities).
Through post-doctoral research at Université Laval in Québec City, Dr. Groff again interviewed minority youth, this time anglophone and allophone minorities, analyzing their discourses and identity choices within their linguistic and educational context. In affiliation with Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, she conducted research at two rural Purhepecha-Spanish bilingual schools, evaluating the biliteracy development processes of Purhepecha primary school students through observations, teacher interviews, and student assessments. As a Marie Curie research fellow hosted by Leiden University College, she is researching the role of language and education in the development of a sense of belonging by youth in culturally and linguistically diverse high schools in The Hague.
Cynthia Groff obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, where she also completed her M.S.Ed. in TESOL. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania's International Literacy Institute and at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Data Driven Research in Education. She also served on the editorial teams of two academic journals: Anthropology and Education Quarterly and Working Papers in Educational Linguistics. Dr. Groff has conducted post-doctoral research through Université Laval in Québec, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico, and Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in The Netherlands. She is currently a Marie Curie research fellow at Leiden University College for her project entitled “Voices of belonging: Minority identities, language and education in the Netherlands.”
Grants and awards
Dr. Groff has been awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the American Association of University Women’s Dissertation Fellowship, and four Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. For her dissertation work in North India, she received the Comparative and International Education Society’s Language Issues Dissertation Award and University of Pennsylvania’s Educational Linguistics International Award.