Dr. Andrea Parmegiani is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Bronx Community College. He received an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from City College (City University of New York), an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from the University of Cape Town, and a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center (City University of New York).
His South African research explores the notion of language ownership as a construct for understanding how language shapes identity construction and power relations in multilingual societies where English is the dominant language. His findings show that in order to facilitate democratic transformation, the ownership of dominant languages should not be thought of as a native speaker’s prerogative, but rather as an asset that can be acquired as a result of an appropriation process within the framework of additive multilingualism.
In the United States, Dr. Andrea Parmegiani’s research has zeroed-in on the pedagogical aspects of appropriating English as an additional language by looking for ways to use students’ mother tongue as a resource for academic literacy acquisition. His upcoming book Sneaking the Mother Tongue through the Backdoor, to be published by Routledge in Fall 2018, is based on a program he started at Bronx Community College to promote college success among Latin students by linking Spanish and ESL academic literacy development courses.