The Author: Mariana Souto-Manning, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia
University. From a critical perspective, she examines the sociocultural and historical foundations of schooling, language
development, literacy practices, cultures, and discourses. She studies how children, families, and teachers from diverse backgrounds
shape and are shaped by discursive practices, employing a methodology that combines discourse analysis with ethnographic investigation.
Her work is published in journals such as Early Child Development and Care, Early Childhood Education Journal,
Journal of Early Childhood Research, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Journal of Research in Childhood
Education, and Teachers College Record. She was awarded the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Language
and Social Processes Early Career Award in 2008 and the AERA Early Education and Child Development Early Research Career Award