About My Research
My principal area of specialization is the reading development of bilingual and bidialectical adolescents who are experiencing difficulties meeting some of the literacy demands of secondary education. I am particularly concerned with developing a more robust knowledge base about the educational experiences and literacy practices of a population of students who are frequently referred to as long-term English learners. In addition to the previously described area of focus, I study the ways in which racial, linguistic, and ethnic diversity is conceptualized and discussed in teacher education.
Publications (Chronological Order of Publication)
Brooks, M.D. (2017). “She doesn't have the basic understanding of a language”: Using spelling research to challenge deficit conceptualizations of adolescent bilinguals. Journal of Literacy Research, 49(3), 342-370. doi: 10.1177/1086296X17714016
Brooks, M.D. (2017). How and when did you learn your languages? Bilingual students' linguistic experiences and literacy instruction. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 60(4), 383-393. doi: 10.1002/jaal.573
Frankel, K., Jaeger, E., Brooks, M.D., & Randel, M. (2015). Struggling readers?: Using theory to complicate understandings of what it means to be literate in school. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice 64(1), 307-322.
Valdés, G., Poza, L., & Brooks, M.D. (2015). Language acquisition in bilingual and multilingual education. In W.E. Wright, S. Boun, & O. Garcia (Eds.), Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (pp. 56-74). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Valdés, G., Poza, L., & Brooks, M.D. (2014). Educating students who do not speak the societal language: The social construction of language learner categories. Profession. Retrieved from http://profession.commons.mla.org/2014/10/09/educating-students-who- do-not-speak-the-societal-language/
Brooks, M.D. (2011). The Global Phenomenon of Bi/Multilingualism (Book Review). Linguistics and Education, 22, 294-295.
Selected Research-Related Grants and Awards
Fellow, STAR Mentorship Program, Literacy Research Association (2015-2017)
Graduate Dissertation Fellow, Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University (2012-2013)
Fellow, Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color , National Council of Teachers of English (2010-2012)
Fellow, G. Richard Tucker Fellowship, Center for Applied Linguistics (2010)