Laura Hamman, Ph.D.
Faculty, English as a New Language
Laura Hamman is an educational linguist who specializes in two-way bilingual education and translanguaging. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation research explored how language and literacy practices in two-way immersion classrooms shape students’ opportunities for learning and their understanding of bilingualism. Hamman teaches the ENL course “Foundations for Teaching Second Language Learners.” She has over a decade of teaching experience, including postsecondary teaching at UW-Madison and the University of Notre Dame and K-12 teaching in the U.S. and Chile. Hamman strongly believes in the value of ENL training for all teachers and is passionate about promoting culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy. In her free time, Hamman is an avid long-distance runner and loves traveling, hiking, and fried cheese curds.