Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University
M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University
B.A. in Chinese and Communication, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Dr. Hana Kang is an Associate Professional Specialist / Associate Professor of the Practice at University of Notre Dame. She holds a joint appointment from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). She received a Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from The Ohio State University in 2011. She taught Chinese, Korean, East Asian Cultures and TESOL classes at The Ohio State University and Michigan Technological University. She also developed the Chinese Certification Program at Michigan Technological University.
Dr. Kang's research interests include foreign language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and language learner identity. She published a book chapter “Negotiation of Identities in a Multilingual Setting: Korean Generation 1.5 in Email Writing” in Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing, National Council of Teachers of English.
She has been presenting research papers on the acquisition of Chinese characters by foreign language learners at various national conferences such as ACTFL and AAAL. Her current research projects include investigating foreign language learners' writing processes and bilingual speakers' identity construction. She received Faculty Research Support Initiation grant ($10,000) for new research project, titled “Language Learners’ Cognitive Processing and Production in Chinese and Korean Writings: The Analysis of Eye-Movement and Handwriting Tracking Data,” This project aims to study how students of Korean and Chinese develop different strategies to process and produce writing in their target languages.