Shereen Bhalla, PhD

Research Associate

Dr. Shereen Bhalla is a Research Associate at CAL, who works with Education Connections, which is co-funded by the U.S Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) award and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bhalla also assists with Online Learning and will serve as the moderator for the Language Policy Research Network (LPReN).

In May 2012, Dr. Bhalla received her PhD in Culture, Literacy, and Language from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She also holds degrees from Drake University, receiving a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication, and from St. Mary’s University, where she earned an M.A. in International Relations. Dr. Bhalla’s previous non-profit experience has been in development for the Chicago Public Art Group, the League of Chicago Theaters and the World Affairs Council.

Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Bhalla was an instructor of record for various higher education courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Working with pre-service and in-service teachers, Dr. Bhalla taught several courses including Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP), Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, ESL instructional methods, and Culture and Diversity in a Pluralistic Setting. She also has experience working with adult English language learners (ELLs) in the areas of writing development and oral communication.

Dr. Bhalla’s research focuses on sociolinguistics, Indian English, linguistic commodity, non-standard English, heritage language learning, motivation, international teaching assistants, identity construction, and South Asian culture.


Hindi, Punjabi


Language Policy Research Network (LPReN)

The Center for Applied Linguistics manages the Language Policy Research Network (LPReN), an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of language policy.