Honoring Richard Ruiz and his Work on Language Planning and Bilingual Education Edited by: Nancy H. Hornberger

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21 Nov 2016
Bilingual Education & Bilingualism
Multilingual Matters
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Richard Ruiz has inspired generations of scholars in language planning and multilingual education with his unique orientations to language as a problem, a right and a resource. This volume attests to the far-reaching impact of his thinking and teaching, bringing together a selection of his published and unpublished writings on language planning orientations, bilingual and language minority education, language threat and endangerment, voice and empowerment, and even language fun, accompanied by contributions from colleagues and former students reflecting and expanding on Ruiz’ ground-breaking work. This book will be of great interest to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in language planning and multilingual education, Indigenous and minority education, as well as to junior and senior researchers in those fields.


Richard Ruiz’s influence on the fields of language policy and language education has been immense. His scholarship was always especially elegant and insightful. It was also, crucially, always grounded in social justice and a related commitment to effecting positive change for bilingual and minoritized students. His untimely death has robbed us of not only a great academic but also a remarkable person. But this is all the more reason why this collection is so important, because in reading it we can still clearly hear his voice, see his vision, and understand the significance, reach and influence of his work.

- Stephen May, University of Auckland, New Zealand

This book is both a tribute to a remarkable man and a passionate call for social and educational change. Richard Ruiz was a quiet and persistent leader in education research and theory. The volume advances his theories through the reproduction of his own pieces and the publication of those who studied and worked with Richard over many years. The volume is his legacy to the field and will be a treat and an education for all who read it.

- Elizabeth Birr Moje, University of Michigan, USA

Expertly and affectionately choreographed by Nancy Hornberger and other colleagues and former students, Richard Ruiz emerges from these pages not only as a brilliantly original scholar but also as a passionate advocate for equity and an inspirational, warm, and funny friend and mentor.

- Jim Cummins, University of Toronto, Canada

[Richard's] legacy is not limited to scholarship in language planning and bilingual education, as this book’s title aptly suggests. In addition, it is the memory of Richard’s modest wisdom and tenacious humanity that gives us strength to resist structures that disempower. I, for one, am thankful that this memory manifests as an edited resource, in which such strength is available to access and share. Poised to act and teach, future generations of Richard’s students are waiting, patiently.

- Language Policy (2019) 18 - Adam Schwartz, Oregon State University, USA

Author Biography:

Nancy H. Hornberger is Professor of Education and Chair of Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She is a three-time recipient of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, which has taken her to Paraguay, New Zealand and South Africa respectively, and she teaches, lectures and advises on multilingualism and education throughout the world. Her research interests include educational linguistics and sociolinguistics, educational ethnography and anthropology, bilingualism and biliteracy, multilingualism and language education policy, Indigenous education and language revitalization. She has authored or edited over two dozen books, including Sociolinguistics and Language Education (Multilingual Matters, 2010).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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