Claire Kramsch is Professor of German and Affiliate Professor of Education at UC Berkeley, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on discourse, culture, and identity and mentors M.A and PhD students in Applied Linguistics. Her publications include: Context and Culture in Language teaching (OUP, 1993), Language and Culture (OUP, 1998), Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Ecological perspectives (Continuum, 2002), and The Multilingual Subject (OUP, 2009). She is past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) and the current Vice President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA). She is the recipient of several honors and awards including the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from AAAL, the Goethe Medal, and the Mildenberger Prize which she was awarded twice from the Modern Language Association. She is currently the guest editor of a special issue of the Modern Language Journal on teaching foreign languages in an era of globalization to appear next February.