María Lang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Bilingual Education. Her areas of interest include sociocultural approaches to bilingualism and biliteracy, mainly focusing on the language and academic development of Spanish-dominant Latinx emergent bilinguals (EBs). María specializes in applying Border Theory in educational settings, specifically in the context Dual Language (DL) classrooms. Her work looks at the intersections of language, class, documentedness, religion, and gender that shape the academic, language, and social outcomes of working-class children of Mexican immigrant families.

Dr. Lang teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Baylor University. Prior to her work at Baylor, Dr. Lang coordinated an afterschool literacy program for Latinx EBs in a DL school and taught undergraduate courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while pursuing a doctoral degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a minor in Latina/o Studies at the Department of Latina/o Studies. In addition to a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, María holds a Masters in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas at Brownsville (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). She previously was a bilingual elementary teacher in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.