Samantha Harris is a doctoral candidate studying language and literacy education. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland College Park and an M.A. in TESOL from Georgetown University. She taught English as a Second Language at community colleges in Maryland before coming to UCSB. Her research focuses on the intersections of language, race, immigration and education with a specific focus on heritage language learners and students classified as English Learners. She currently works as an instructor for the School Kids Investigating Language in Life and Society (SKILLS) Program and is part of the Migration Initiative at UCSB.