Dr. Sara Kangas is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University. She is an applied linguist whose research focuses on the school-age population of English learners (ELs) with disabilities. Using ethnography and interpretive policy analysis, Dr. Kangas investigates opportunity to learn for ELs with disabilities, with particular attention to the ways in which education policies, school structures, and ideologies affect their everyday learning experiences. Grounded in interpretivist and critical frameworks, her research seeks to promote social justice and educational ethics through advocating and expanding the learning opportunities and educational rights of ELs with disabilities.
Dr. Kangas has published in top-tier journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Teaching and Teacher Education, and TESOL Quarterly, among others. Her scholarship has received the James E. Alatis Prize (2018), TESOL Award for Distinguished Research (2015), and the Wilga Rivers Memorial Graduate Student Award (2015). Dr. Kangas earned her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in applied linguistics at Temple University.