Elizabeth Bernhardt

Elizabeth Bernhardt-Kamil

Professor of German Studies
Director of German Studies
Director of Stanford Language Center
1984: Ph.D., University of Minnesota
1978: M.A., University of Pittsburgh
1976: B.A., College of Wooster, Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Elizabeth Bernhardt is Professor of German Studies and the John Roberts Hale Director of the Language Center at Stanford University.  Her book, Reading Development in a Second Language (1991), earned the Modern Language Association’s Mildenberger Prize as well as the Edward Fry Award from the National Reading Conference as an outstanding contribution to literacy research.  She is also the author of Understanding Advanced Second-language Reading (2010). Her research has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education; Debating Issues in American Education; and in the International Encyclopedia of Education. She has published in the Modern Language Journal, Applied Linguistics, the ADFL Bulletin, Foreign Language Annals, and Reading Research Quarterly. In 2014 she received the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession and in 2015 was elected Honorary Member, American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). In 2018 she received the Wilga Rivers Award for Leadership in Foreign Language Education (Postsecondary).  Her most recent book is Conducting Second-language Reading Research: A Methodological Guide (Routledge, 2022).



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Research Interests

  • Linguistics