University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut St., PA 19104
Philadelphia – United States of America
Tel.: +1 215 573 5710
Anne Pomerantz is a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where she teaches courses in language pedagogy, academic discourse socialization, and intercultural pragmatics. In both her teaching and her research, Dr. Pomerantz invites educators to examine how ideas about language, language use, and language learning come to shape what happens in classrooms, particularly in linguistically diverse contexts. In recent years, she has looked closely at the ways in which research on humor might be used as an accessible and relatable way to introduce teachers to contemporary theories of language and communication. Moreover, in conjunction with Nancy D. Bell (Washington State University), she has developed a framework for helping language teachers to develop research-driven lessons on using humor in intercultural settings. Together, they co-authored: Humor in the classroom: A guide for language teachers and educational researchers (Routledge, 2016).
Dr. Pomerantz is also deeply committed to fostering meaningful, mutually beneficial, and sustainable community partnerships. Since 2013, she has been working with students at her university to provide language and literacy support to children and adults at a local organization that serves Philadelphia’s Bangladeshi community. An experienced community organizer, Dr. Pomerantz has led local initiatives around parent engagement, foreign language instruction, arts education, and equitable school funding.