Soria Colomer

Assistant Professor
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Ph.D., Language and Literacy Education
Focus Area: TESOL & World Language Education
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction
Program: Mississippi Teacher Corps
University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
B.A., Spanish & Economics
Spanish Department Ford Fellow
Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi
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Dr. Soria E. Colomer is Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education at Oregon State University. Committed to transforming the educational landscape for marginalized youth, her research explores the negotiation of language and identity in new immigrant communities. In particular, Dr. Colomer considers how language teachers’ perceptions, ethnic identities, and linguistic skills impact their roles and practices in schools with growing emergent bilingual student populations. Her work can be found in the Journal of Literacy Research, TESOL Quarterly, Bilingual Research Journal, Foreign Language Annals, and Qualitative Research, among others.

Selected Publications

Colomer, S. E. (in press). Understanding racial literacy through acts of (un)masking: Latinx teachersin a new Latinx Diaspora Community. Race, Ethnicity and Education.

Bauer, E., Colomer, S. E., & Wiemelt, J. (in press). Biliteracy of African Americans andLatinas/os in a Kindergarten DL Program: Understanding Students' Translanguaging Practices Across Informal Assessments. Urban Education.

Bauer, E., Presiado, V., & Colomer, S. E. (2017). Writing through partnership: Fostering translanguaging in children who are emergent bilinguals. Journal of Literacy Research. 1-28.

Bauer, E., & Colomer, S. E. (2016). Biliteracy. In Michael A. Peters (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Singapore: Springer.

Colomer, S. E. (2015). Positioning Spanish teachers as Ad hoc ESOL teachers. TESOL Quarterly, 49 (2), 393-402.

Harklau, L., & Colomer, S. E. (2015). Defined by language: The role of foreign language departments in Latino education in southeastern new diaspora communities. In E. T. Hamann, S. Wortham, & E. G. Murillo, Jr. (Eds.), Revisiting Education in the New Latino Diaspora: One of Twelve and Rising. Charlotte, NC: Info Age Press.

Colomer, S.E. (2014). Latina Spanish high school teachers’ negotiation of capital in new Latino communities. Bilingual Research Journal, 37 (3), 349-365.

Colomer, S. E. (2010). Dual role interpreters: Spanish teachers in new Latino communities. Hispania, 93, 490-503.

Colomer, S. E., & Harklau, L. (2009). Spanish teachers as impromptu translators and liaisons in new Latino communities. Foreign Language Annals, 42, 658-672. 


Dr. Colomer majored in Spanish and Economics at Millsaps College, where her experience as a Ford Fellow in the Spanish Department sparked her interest to become a teacher. Upon graduation, she joined the Mississippi Teacher Corps, and attained National Board Certification as a high school teacher. She later received a Ph.D. in Language & Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the College of Education at Oregon State University, Dr. Colomer was Assistant Professor of ESOL/Foreign Language Education at the University of South Florida.