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Monica Heller, FRSC
RSC Council | Secretary of Communications
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Monica Heller, Communications Secretary/Chair, Committee on Public Engagement. Professor, University of Toronto. 

Monica Heller is a linguistic anthropologist, cross-appointed between the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Department of Anthropology. Her ethnographic work focusses on the role of language in the making of social difference and social inequality, in particular as concerns francophone Canada as a field for understanding shifting ideologies of language and nation. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociolinguistics, and is a past President of the American Anthropological Association. She held the Konrad Adenauer Forschungspreis of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (Germany). She holds honorary doctorates from the Universität Bern (Switzerland) and the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France). Her most recent books are Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a Critical History (2017, with Bonnie McElhinny; University of Toronto Press) and Critical Sociolinguistic Research Methods: How to Study Language Issues that Matter (with Sari Pietikäinen and Joan Pujolar; Routledge). She has published in such journals as Recherches sociographioques, Anthropologie et société, Sociologie et société, Langage et Société, Language in Society, Francophonies d’Amérique. Her major aim as RSC Fellow, and on the Board, is to explore ways of engaging the Society as an institution and Fellows and College Members as scholars and citizens, in public and policy debates regarding issues of broad contemporary concern.