Ryuko Kubota is a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education. Her research focuses on critical approaches to culture, race, and pedagogy in language education. She is a co-editor of Race, culture, and identities in second language education: Exploring critically engaged practice (2009) and Demystifying career paths after graduate school: A guide for second language professionals in higher education (2012). Her publications have also appeared in Applied Linguistics, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Linguistics and Education, TESOL Quarterly, and other journals. She has also published many book chapters and publications in Japanese.