Laura Hamman-Ortiz, Ph.D.
Faculty, English as a New Language
Laura Hamman-Ortiz is an educational linguist who specializes in two-way bilingual education and translanguaging, and genre-based pedagogy. 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-Ortiz 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-Ortiz 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-Ortiz is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys spending time with her baby girl and hiking in the Rockies.