Paul McPherron

Associate Professor of English and Director of ACERT (Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching)

I am an associate professor of English at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where I also direct the Academic Center for Excellence in Research and Teaching (ACERT). I am a socio/applied linguist interested in questions about English language learning in relation to identity, nationalism, globalization, and teaching policies.

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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.

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


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.