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Anna Kaiper-Marquez

Anna Kaiper-Marquez
Phone: 814-865-6686
Office Address:
405 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Director
Assistant Teaching Professor


Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy (ISAL)
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy


Dr. Anna Kaiper-Marquez is the Associate Director and Assistant Teaching Professor of the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. She completed her dissertation in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota that, over a three-year span, centered on the adult English language learning and literacy of domestic workers in South Africa. From this research, she has published several journals articles, book chapters, and book reviews on adult basic education (ABE), English language learning, and qualitative methodologies in national and international contexts. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Anna was a GED and ESL instructor for adults at Northern New Mexico Community College in Espanola, New Mexico. Within this role, she oversaw the distance learning program for ABE students and concurrently acted as a naturalization tutor for her ESL students. Additionally, Anna has taught English as a Foreign Language and Business English to K-12, adult learners in Thailand, Argentina, and South Africa, and middle school special education in the Bronx, New York.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Curriculum Areas

Language, Culture, and Society Ed
World Languages

Education Levels

Adult Education

Education Types

Bicultural/Multicultural Ed
Bilingual Ed
Continuing Ed
Family Literacy

Educational Studies

Comparative Ed
Critical & Feminist Theory
Educational Theory
International Ed

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Interpretive Research
Policy Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Comparative and International Education
Education Policy
Social Issues

Courses Taught

ADTED 560:  Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults                                

ADTED 457: Family Literacy                                                                                           

ADTED 456: Introduction to Adult Literacy                                                              

ADTED 509: Language, Literacy, Identity and Culture in a Global Context       

Representative Publications

Prins, E., Clymer, C., Kaiper, A.,& Toso, B. W. (forthcoming, 2020). Family literacy. In T. Rocco, M. C. Smith, R. Mizzi, L. Merriweather, & J. Hawley (Eds.), Handbook of adult and continuing education. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Kaiper, A. (forthcoming, 2019). Within the Interstices of Hegemony and Agency: A Case Study of English Language Learning and South African Domestic Work. In J. Gammel, S. Motulsky, & A. Rustein-Riley (Eds.), I am what I become: Constructing an identity as a lifelong learner.

Kaiper, A. (2019). Critical ethnographic narrative analysis: The narratives of South African domestic workers and English language learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Research Methods Case Studies.

Vanek, J., Cushing-Leubner, J., Engman, M., & Kaiper, A. (2019). Exposing vacancies: A look at adult education language policy through authorization and (il)legitimacy. In G.P. Glasgow and J. Bouchard (Eds.), Agency in language policy and planning: Critical inquiries.

Kaiper, A. (2018).  “If you don’t have English, you’re just as good as a dead person”: A Narrative of Adult English Language Literacy Within Post-Apartheid South Africa. International Review of Education, 1-21.

Kaiper, A. (2017). Differing Perspectives on Adult Education and Language Learning: Human Capital, Empowerment, and Poststructural Theories. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 29(1), 39-45.