Laura D Turner

Curriculum & Instruction

Ph.D. in Bilingual Bicultural Education, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2022
M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies (Spanish Linguistics), New York University Madrid, 2012
M.S.Ed. in Bilingual Special Education, City College of the City University of New York, 2010


Laura D. Turner is a doctoral candidate in Bilingual Bicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to her experience at UT Austin, as an educational professional, Laura has served as a School Designer in the Northeastern United States, and as Director of The American Space Madrid in Spain. As a former bilingual special education teacher, Laura's research interests include the disproportionate representation of bi/multilingual children in special education programs, preservice teachers' perspectives and orientations towards language and bi/multilingualism, and developing holistic multilingual portraits of children in both bi/multilingual settings and monolingual contexts. She is particularly interested in the complex intersections that exist between the constructions of language, dis/ability, and race, and how these intersections affect the lives and educational experiences of children in educational spaces.

Laura serves on the editorial board of the Texas Education Review and is the Project Coordinator of Refuteach: Lingüística Aplicada para la inclusión de personas refugiadas. She also serves as an Applied Linguistics Coordinator with Madrid for Refugees.