Selected Publications

Featured Publication
Arnetha F. Ball, John R. Rickford  (Eds.) (2016)

Raciolinguistics reveals the central role that language plays in shaping our ideas about race and vice versa. The book brings together a team of leading scholars-working both within and beyond the United States-to share powerful, much-needed research that helps us understand the increasingly vexed relationships between race, ethnicity, and language in our rapidly changing world.

 After conducting research in the US, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, Dr. Ball worked with a team of scholars to produce this volume on innovative, cutting-edge approaches of race and ethnic studies with fine-grained linguistic analyses.  In this volume authors cover a wide range of topics including the struggle over the very term "African American," the racialized language education debates within the increasing number of "majority-minority" immigrant communities in the U.S., the dangers of multicultural education in a Europe that is struggling to meet the needs of new migrants, and the sociopolitical and cultural meanings of linguistic styles used in Brazilian favelas, South African townships, Mexican and Puerto Rican barrios in Chicago, and Korean American "cram schools" in New York City, among other sites.

Taking into account rapidly changing demographics in the U.S and shifting cultural and media trends across the globe--from Hip Hop cultures, to transnational Mexican popular and street cultures, to Israeli reality TV, to new immigration trends across Africa and Europe--Raciolinguistics shapes the future of scholarship on race, ethnicity, and language. By taking a comparative look across a diverse range of language and literacy contexts, the volume seeks to inpact the research agenda in this burgeoning area of study and to help resolve pressing educational and political problems in some of the most contested raciolinguistic contexts in the world.


Ball, A. F.  (2013) Learning To Teach In A Complex Interconnected World. Theory into Practice 50th Anniversary Issue.

Ball, A. F.  (2012) To Know Is Not Enough: Knowledge, Power, and the Zone of Generativity.  Educational Researcher, 41(4), 283-293.  NY: AERA Publication.

Ball, A. F. and Tyson, C. A. (2011). Studying Diversity in Teacher Education, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Ball, A. F. (2009). Toward a theory of generative change in culturally and linguistically complex classrooms. American Educational Research Journal, 46(1), 45-72.

Paris, D. J., & Ball, A. F. (2009). Connecting teacher and student knowledge in culturally and linguistically complex classrooms: Lessons for teacher education. In L. M. Morrow, R. Rueda, & D. Lapp (Eds.), Handbook of research on literacy instruction: Issues of diversity, policy, and equity. New York: Guilford.

Cooks, J., & Ball, A. F. (2008). African American adolescent literacies: Practices, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. In L. Christenbury, R. Bomer, & P. Smagorinsky (Eds.), Handbook on adolescent literacy research. New York: Guilford.

Ball, A. F. (Ed.) (2006). With more deliberate speed: Achieving equity and excellence in education. NSSE 2006 Yearbook: National Society for the Study of Education. Williston, VT: Blackwell Publishing.

Ball, A. F. (2006). Multicultural strategies for education and social shange: Carriers of the torch in the United States and South Africa. New York: Teachers College Press.

Ball A. F. & Lardner T. (2005) African American Literacies Unleashed: Vernacular English and the Composition Classroom. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

Ball, A. F. (2005). Culture and language: Bidialectal issues in literacy. In J. Flood & P. Andres (Eds.), Literacy development of students in urban schools: Research and Policy. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Ball, A. F., & Freedman, S. W. (Eds.) (2004). Bakhtinian perspectives on language, literacy and learning. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Ball, A. F. (2002). Three decades of research on classroom life: Illuminating the classroom communicative lives of America's at-risk students. Review of Research in Education,

Ball, A. F. (2000). Empowering pedagogies that enhance the learning of multicultural students. Teachers College Record, 102(6), 1006-1034.