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Professor Monica Heller awarded honorary doctorate by University of Bern, Switzerland 

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Professor Monica Heller with Dean of the nominating Faculty of Humanities, Professor Stefan Rebenich

December 11, 2017


Congratulations to OISE Professor Monica Heller, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bern (Switzerland) on December 2. With a PhD from the University of California Berkeley (1982), Professor Heller is internationally renowned for her research on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality, especially francophone Canada, and comparative work in Western Europe. Using a political economy approach, she has tracked shifts in ideologies of language, nation and State, and examined processes of linguistic commodification in the globalized economy, along with the emergence of post-national ideologies of language and identity. 

Professor Heller’s research output has been both prolific and prestigious. In addition, to some 60 journal articles and some 60 chapters in edited collections, she has produced thirteen books and monographs which, most notably, include: Linguistic Minorities and Modernity: A Sociolinguistic Ethnography (1999), Voices of Authority: Education and Linguistic Difference (2001), Éléments d’une sociolinguistique critique (2002), Discourses of Endangerment: Ideology and Interest in the Defense of Languages (2007), Paths to Postnationalism: A Critical Ethnography of Language and Identity (2011), and Language in Late Capitalism: Pride and Profit (2012).

Professor Heller has been an inspiration to colleagues and students alike over her remarkable career.