Paul McPherron, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he is also Director of the Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT). He teaches classes on English linguistics, sociolinguistics, ESL, and the structure of English. He is a socio/applied linguist whose research interests involve questions about English language learning in relation to identity, globalization, and teaching policies, particularly in China and the United States.
He has most recently written a book published by Palgrave McMillan entitled, Internationalizing Teaching, Localizing Learning: An Examination of English Language Teaching Reforms and English Use in China. In earlier work, he co-authored a book on teaching idioms published by TESOL Press and co-edited a book on discourses of health and bodies published by Mouton de Gruyter. He has published articles and reviews in TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, CATESOL Journal, and the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
Paul has held academic and teaching positions around the world including at Southern Illinois University, Stanford University, Shantou University (Guangdong, China), and UC Davis. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Romania where he taught English at two high schools in Sibiu, Transylvania.
As Co-PI of the Hunter College ANNAPISI Project, Paul coordinates the programs and courses focused on English language learners (ELL) and multilingual students at Hunter College. In particular, he helps to run the immersion courses offered during the winter and summer breaks, and he works with the ELL Specialist to create tutoring and writing resources for ELL background students at Hunter College.