Paul McPherron

Professor of English and Chair of the Hunter College English Department

I am a Professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) where I also serve as Chair of the English Department. I am a socio/applied linguist interested in questions about English language learning in relation to identity, nationalism, globalization, and teaching policies.




Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Davis, awarded June 2008. Major emphases: Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) and Second Language Acquisition (SLA).

M.A., Linguistics, University of California, Davis, awarded June 2004. Major emphases: Classroom-based Research and Critical Pedagogy.

B.A., English Education, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, awarded January 1998. Study abroad: University of East Anglia, 1995-1996.



McPherron, P., & Smoke, T. (2019). Thinking sociolinguistically: How to plan, conduct, and present your research project. London, England: Palgrave MacMillan Press.

McPherron, P. (2017). Internationalizing teaching, localizing learning: An examination of English language teaching reforms and English use in China. London, England: Palgrave MacMillan Press.

McPherron, P., & Randolph, P.T. (2014). “Cat got your tongue?”: Recent research and classroom practices for teaching idioms to English learners around the world. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press.

McPherron, P., & Ramanathan, V. (Eds.). (2011). Language, body, and health. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter Press.

McPherron, P., Zhang, L., Xiao, P., & Monn, R. (2005). Handbook for advanced level of North Star English language series. Beijing: Tsinghua Press.


Associate Professor, English Department, Hunter College
Assistant Professor (2009-2012), Linguistics, Southern Illinois University, *Non-CUNY
Lecturer (2008-2009), English for Foreign Students Department, Stanford University, *Non-CUNY