Timothy G. Reagan

Timothy ReaganProfessor of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Education
Phone: 207.581.2434

205 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5766

Bio: Timothy Reagan is a professor of applied linguistics and foreign language education and former dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine. He also holds the position of Research Fellow in the Department of South African Sign Language and Deaf Studies at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He has held a variety of senior faculty and administrative positions at institutions in the United States, South Africa and Kazakhstan, including at Gallaudet University, the University of Connecticut, Roger Williams University, Central Connecticut State University, the University of the Witwatersrand, and Nazarbayev University. Reagan serves as the series editor of the International Perspectives on Educational Policy, Research and Practice Series, published by Information Age Publishing, and has served as the editor-in-chief of the international journal Language Problems and Language Planning. He is the author of more than a dozen books and 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters, dealing with issues related to educational and applied linguistics, educational policy studies, educational reform, comparative education, and philosophy of education. His work has appeared in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Educational Foundations, Educational Policy, Educational Theory, Foreign Language Annals, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Language Policy, Language Problems and Language Planning, Multicultural Education, Semiotics, and Sign Language Studies.

Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies, 1982, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
M.A. in Educational Policy Studies, 1980, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana)
B.A. in History/Russian Language, 1977, Michigan State University

Courses taught at UMaine

  • EHD 101: The Art and Science of Teaching
  • INT 410: Introduction to the Study of Linguistics
  • ERL 472: Language and Linguistics
  • EHD 466/MLC 566: Teaching Foreign Languages
  • ELL 585: Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquistion

Sample Publications


  • Reagan, T. (2019). Linguistic legitimacy and social justice. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Reagan, T. (2018). Nonwestern educational traditions: Local approaches to educational thought and practice (4th ed.). New York: Routledge
  • Reagan, T. (2010). Language planning and language policy for sign languages (Volume 16 in the ‘Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Series’). Washington, DC: Gallaudet University Press.
  • Reagan, T. (2009). Language matters: Reflections on educational linguistics. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Rallis, S., Grossman, G., Cobb, C., Reagan, T. & Kuntz, A. (2007). Leading dynamic schools: How to create and implement ethical policies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Reagan, T. (2005). Nonwestern educational traditions: Indigenous approaches to educational thought and practice (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Reagan, T. (2020). The politics of L2/Ln sign language pedagogy. In R. Russell (Ed.), Routledge handbook of sign language pedagogy (pp. 275-282). Oxfordshire, UK: Taylor and Francis/Routledge.
  • Reagan, T. (2020). A twelfth official language? The constitutional future of South African Sign Language. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 38(1), 73-85.
  • Reagan, T. (2019). Language policies, language rights and sign languages: A critique of disabilities-based approaches. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 16(4), 271-292.
  • Reagan, T. & Osborn, T. A. (2019). Time for a paradigm shift in U.S. foreign language education? Revisiting rationales, evidence and outcomes. In D. Macedo (Ed.), Decolonizing foreign language education: The misteaching of English and other colonial languages (pp. 73-110). New York: Routledge.
  • Reagan, T. (2019). Language planning and language policy in Kazakhstan. In A. Kirkpatrick and T. Liddicoat (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of language education policy in Asia (pp. 442-451). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Reagan, T. & Osborn, T. A. (2018). Reification of the English language and the hegemonic turn. In M. Djuraeva and F. Touchon (Eds.), Language policy or the politics of language: Re-imagining the role of language in a neoliberal society (pp. 281-308). Blue Mounds, WI: Deep University Press.
  • Reagan, T. (2018). Linguistic hegemony and ‘official languages’. In A. Canestrari and B. Marlowe (Eds.), The handbook of educational foundations (pp. 89-106). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Reagan, T. (2018). Are the deaf ‘indigenous’? Philosophical considerations on culturally and linguistically deaf education. In J. Petrovic and R. Mitchell (Eds.), Indigenous philosophies of education (pp. 82-104). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Reagan, T. (2016). Language teachers in foreign territory: A call for a critical pedagogy-infused curriculum.  In L. Cammarata, T. A. Osborn and D. Tedick (Eds,), Content-based foreign language teaching: Curriculum and pedagogy for developing advanced thinking and literacy skills (pp. 173-191). London: Routledge.
  • Reagan, T. (2016). The conceptualization of ‘language legitimacy’. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 13(1), 1-19.
  • Reagan, T. (2011). Ideological barriers to American Sign Language: Unpacking linguistic resistance. Sign Language Studies, 11(4), 594-624.
  • Reagan, T. (2007). The times of our signs: Aspect and aspectual markers in American Sign Language. South African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 25(1), 17-26.
  • Reagan, T. (2006). The explanatory power of critical language studies: Linguistics with an attitude. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 3(1), 1-22.

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