Samina Hadi-Tabassum researches and teaches in the areas of language, literacy, linguistics and multicultural education. She began her teaching career through Teach for America at Northwestern University and taught in an ESL/bilingual classroom setting for more than four years in Houston, Texas. Subsequently, she pursued a doctorate at Columbia University in the area of cultural and linguistic anthropology. While pursuing her graduate coursework, Hadi-Tabassum worked with the Newark Public Schools for over three years as a literacy and curriculum specialist. Her doctoral research on dual language education programs led to her book,Language, Space and Power: A Critical Look at Bilingual Education (2006). In addition to her research and teaching career, Hadi-Tabassum also provides professional development for teachers on a variety of topics and in various school districts, including literacy development in Bombay, India; race theory in the Oak Park Schools; differentiated instruction at St. Giles Catholic School in Oak Park; language and testing in the Melrose Park and Maywood schools; and science education in the Chicago Public Schools. Hadi-Tabassum also works with bilingual/ESL cohorts of teachers in the Chicago Public Schools who look to her for expertise and advice in their first years of teaching in urban schools.