Karen Watson-Gegeo

Karen Watson-Gegeo

Position Title
Emerita Professor of Education


Research Interests 
First and second language socialization and development, cognitive anthropology, indigenous epistemology, social disability theory, identity theory, feminist theory

Diversity Statement 
My entire career has focused on social justice and diversity, going back to my undergraduate years when i joined the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960s. My research has included work with Native Hawaiians on language issues and political sovereignty, with Solomon Islanders on rural development, indigenous epistemology, and schooling, and in bilingual classrooms in Cambridge, MA. Most of my graduate advisees over all these years have been students of color, working-class students, and LGBTQIA students. Social, economic, and environmental justice taken together is the most pressing issue of our time.

Selected Publications 

Watson-Gegeo and Matthew C. Bronson. 2013. Sociolinguistics and Language Socialization.  In Robert Bayley, Richard Cameron, and Ceil Lucas (Eds), Handbook of Sociolinguistics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gegeo, D.W.,  and Watson-Gegeo. 2012. The Critical Villager Revisited: Continuing Transformations of Language and Education in Solomon Islands. James W. Tollefson (Ed.), Language Policies in Education: Critical Issues, Second Edition. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis. 

Watson-Gegeo and David W. Gegeo. 2011.  "Divergent Discourses: The Epistemology of Healing in an American Medical Clinic and a Kwaraʻae Village."  Anthropology of Consciousness 22,2: 209-233.

Watson-Gegeo.  2009. "Finding a Path Through Silver Rain: Steps Toward an Anthropology of Conscience."  In Matthew C. Bronson and Tina R. Fields (eds.), So What? Now What?: The Anthropology of Consciousness Responds to a World in Crisis.  New York: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 5-23.

Bronson, Matthew C., and Watson-Gegeo.  2008. "The Critical Moment: Language Socialization and the (Re)visioning of SLA."  In Patricia Duff and Nancy H. Hornberger (eds), Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 2nd Edition, Volume 8: Language Socialization, pp. 1-13.  New York: Springer.

Watson-Gegeo. 2008. "Children With Knives: When Theory Becomes Ideology."  ReVision 30,1&2: 59-64.

Watson-Gegeo, 2005. "Journey to the 'new normal' and beyond: reflections on learning in a community of practice." International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 18,4: 399-424.

Lewis, J.L. and Watson-Gegeo, 2004. "Fictions of childhood: towards a sociohistorical approach to human development." Ethos 32,1: 3-33.

Watson-Gegeo, 2004. "Mind, language, and epistemology: toward a language socialization paradigm for SLA." Modern Language Journal 88,2: 331-350.

Watson-Gegeo and Gegeo, D.W., 2004. "Deep culture: pushing the epistemological boundaries of multicultural education." In G.S. Goodman and K. Carey (eds.), Critical multicultural conversations, pp. 235-256. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.

Watson-Gegeo, 2001. "Fantasy and reality: the dialectic of work and play in Kwara'ae children's lives." Ethos 29,1: 1-26.