MARTHA C. PENNINGTON holds A.B. (Hons) in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Writing & Pedagogy, and holds appointments at the University of London as Research Fellow in Applied Linguistics and Communication (Birkbeck College) and Professorial Research Associate (School for Oriental and African Studies). Professor Pennington has held administrative and teaching positions and won awards for teaching and educational leadership at universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. She has published academic and pedagogy-focused articles and books on applied linguistics, language teacher education, phonology, and writing, and has also published poetry. Two books appearing in 2018 are Why Reading Books Still Matters: The Power of Literature in Digital Times, co-authored with Robert P. Waxler (Routledge), and English Pronunciation Teaching and Research: Contemporary Perspectives, co-authored with Pamela Rogerson-Revell (Palgrave Macmillan). Other books on writing are Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class: A Teacher’s Guide, co-edited with Alice Chik and Tracey M. Costley (Equinox, 2015); Creativity and Writing Pedagogy: Linking Creative Writers, Researchers, and Teachers, co-edited with Harriet Levin Millan (Equinox, 2014); and The College Writing Toolkit: Tried and Tested Ideas for Teaching College Writing, co-edited with Pauline Burton (Equinox, 2011); Writing in an Electronic Medium (Athelstan, 1999); and The Computer and the Non-native Writer: A Natural Partnership (Hampton Press, 1996). Other books on phonology are The Context of Phonology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Phonology in English Language Teaching: An International Approach (Longman, 1996). Current book projects are Humor and Language: Two Things That Make Us Human (Equinox, forthcoming); Introduction to Bilingualism and Multilingualism: People and Languages in Contact (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming, and Teacher-Student Relationship: Key to Effective Teaching and Learning in Contexts of Diversity (Routledge, forthcoming).
PhD Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 1982
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
English language and linguistics
English teaching
Personal Interests