Professor of German and Education, UC Berkeley
Carnegie Centenary Professor 2017, University of Stirling
Claire Kramsch is originally French, studied German at the Sorbonne and emigrated to the U.S. in 1963. After teaching German at M.I.T for 25 years, she moved to UC Berkeley, where she founded the Berkeley Language Center, a research and resource center for all foreign language teachers at Berkeley, and where she taught Applied Linguistics in the German department and in the Graduate School of Education. She is now Professor of the Graduate School. Her domain of research is second language acquisition, multilingualism and ecological approaches to the study of language and language use.
Professor Kramsch is the author of Context and Culture in Language Teaching (OUP 1993), Language and Culture (OUP 1998), The Multilingual Subject (OUP 2009), editor of Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Ecological perspectives (Continuum 2002) and co-editor of The Multilingual Challenge (de Gruyter 2014). In 1998, she received the Goethe Medal from the Goethe Institute for building cross-cultural bridges between Germany and the U.S., and was twice awarded the Mildenberger Award from the Modern Language Association. She is past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), past editor of the journal Applied Linguistics, and current president of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).