Chris Chang-Bacon studies equity in multilingual and multicultural contexts. His current research explores how teachers interpret educational policy, particularly in ESL, dual-language, and bilingual education contexts. His work also examines the impact of critical literacy and anti-racist pedagogies in teacher education. As a former ESL teacher in Massachusetts, South Korea, and Morocco, Chang-Bacon’s scholarship is informed by the dynamic language practices young people bring to classrooms.
Chang-Bacon’s research in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies has been applied in professional development for a variety of grade levels, including the Boston Public Schools Excellence for All initiative. In 2019, he received the AERA Language and Social Processes SIG Emerging Scholar Award and has previously received research awards from the AERA Bilingual Education Research and Paulo Freire SIGs. His current projects are funded by grants from NCTE and the International Research Foundation for English Language Education. Chang-Bacon serves on the editorial board for multiple scholarly journals, including Linguistics and Education and the Journal of Literacy Research.