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Susan Bauckus is a Senior Editor at the UCLA Center for World Languages and NHLRC. She is the managing editor of the Heritage Language Journal and was a co-editor of Heritage Language Education: A New Field Emerging (Routledge, 2008). She has taught Russian language at the college level to heritage and non-heritage students and spends many hours tracking down language-related data on the U.S. Census Bureau website.
María Carreira is a professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach. She was the co-organizer of the first national conference on heritage languages (1999). She is the co-author of a first-year textbook for Spanish (2004) and of a book for heritage speakers of Spanish. Her research interests include phonology, Spanish in the U.S., sociolinguistics, heritage languages, and educational linguistics. Carreira designed a curriculum for heritage speakers of Spanish for Westminster High School (Westminster, CA) pursuant to a Department of Education Title VII grant. She is the co-director of two of the National Heritage Language Resource Center's projects: designing a generic curriculum and creating language-specific materials for heritage language instruction. She is also a co-author of the preliminary report on the NHLRC's survey of college-level heritage learners.
Olga Kagan is a professor in the UCLA Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, director of the Title VI National Heritage Language Resource Center and the Center for World languages, UCLA. She received her Ph.D. from the Pushkin Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russia. Her main research interests are in the field of applied linguistics and include language loss and maintenance by heritage language learners. In the past several years she has been working on developing curricula that would allow heritage learners to regain and improve their language competencies. She is the co-author of seven textbooks, among them a second-year Russian textbook V Puti (Prentice Hall, 1996 and 2005) and a textbook for heritage speakers, Russian for Russians (Slavica Publishers, 2003), that received an award for the Best Contribution to Pedagogy from the American Association of Teachers of Russian and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL). She is co-editor of Teaching and Learning of Slavic Languages and Cultures (Slavica Publishers, 2000) that also received an award for the Best Contribution to Pedagogy from AATSEEL. In 2008 she co-edited the volume Heritage language Education: A New Field Emerging (Routledge). Kagan is also co-editor of the Heritage Language Journal.
Elaine Tarone Biography: http://www.carla.umn.edu/about/profiles/Tarone.html