Dr. Kamwangamalu is Professor of English and Linguistics and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of English at Howard University. He holds an MA and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has also received a Fulbright Award and, more recently, a Howard University Distinguished Faculty Research Award. Prior to joining Howard University, Dr. Kamwangamalu taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Swaziland, and the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, where he was Professor and Director of the Linguistics Program.
He is recognized internationally for his scholarship in the field of sociolinguistics and, more specifically, in the areas of codeswitching, multilingualism, language policy and planning, world Englishes, language and identity, and African linguistics. He has published widely on most of these and related topics. His scholarly articles have appeared in Chicago Linguistic Society, Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, The Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Studies in the Linguistics Sciences, TESOL Quarterly, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, World Englishes, Language Problems and Language Planning, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, to name a few. He is also the author of the monograph The Language Planning Situation in South Africa (Multilingual Matters, 2001), co-editor of Language and Institutions in Africa (Center for Advanced Studies of African Society, Cape Town, South Africa, 2000), and editor of special issues on language and society in post-apartheid South Africa for the journals Multilingua 17, 2-3 (1998),International Journal of the Sociology of Language 144(2000),World Englishes 21, 2 (2002), and Language Problems and Language Planning 28, 2 (2004).
Dr. Kamwangamalu is a member of the TOEFL Board, Associate Polity Editor for the series Current Issues in Language Planning(Routledge), member of the editorial board for World Englishes, Language Policy, Language Matters and Studies in Language Policy in South Africa, and past editor-in-chief of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. He has acted as manuscript and/or book proposal reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Multilingual Matters, South Africa’s National Research Foundation, and for a number of peer-refereed journals. He regularly presents papers at professional meetings in Africa, Europe and North America, and was invited as a plenary speaker at the 14th World Congress of Applied Linguistics (University of Wisconsin, 2005), and as keynote speaker at the Symposium in Honor of Joshua Fishman’s Eightieth Birthday (University of Pennsylvania, 2006) and the 16th Annual Conference of the International Association for World Englishes (Vancouver, Canada, 2010).