Francis Hult holds a PhD in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Director of Studies for English at Lund University and Professor of English at Jönköping University. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Educational Linguistics (with Bernard Spolsky; Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), editor of Directions and Prospects for Educational Linguistics (Springer, 2010), co-editor of Educational Linguistics in Practice (with Kendall King; Multilingual Matters, 2011), and co-editor of Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning: A Practical Guide (with David Cassels Johnson; Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). Hult has lectured on sociolinguistics, language policy, and discourse analysis at universities in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Canada, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Singapore and presented widely at international conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Other tasks and qualifications
He is the founder and manager of the Educational Linguistics List, a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language; Anthropology & Education Quarterly; Language, Culture, and Curriculum; Current Issues in Language Planning; Journal of Language, Identity, and Education; Language Problems and Language Planning; International Multilingual Research Journal; Language Policy; the Language Education Tensions in Global and Local Contexts book series (Routledge/CAL), and a member of the advisory committee of the Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) as well as editor of the Educational Linguistics book series for Springer and co-editor of the Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series for de Gruyter. He was the 2010 Language Learning Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, and in 2012, he received the Early Career Award of Merit from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is affiliated with the research networks Communication, Culture and Diversity at Jönköping University and Discourse Hub at the University of Jyväskylä, and he is a member of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE-UNESCO) network of experts. He served a three-year term as a committee (beredningsgrupp) member for educational studies at the Swedish Research Council. He has been a UNESCO senior visiting scholar and a Charles A. Ferguson Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics as well as a visiting researcher at the University of Calgary Language Research Centre and the National Institute of Education in Singapore.