Yasuko Kanno is an associate professor of language education and the chair of the Language and Literacy Education Department at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. Kanno specializes in the education of multilingual students classified as English learners (ELs) and works closely with local schools in the Greater Boston area to increase educational opportunities for this population. A former EL herself, Kanno interrogates how and why different degrees of proficiency in society’s dominant language translate into differential educational opportunities for multilingual students, especially in access to postsecondary education. She is an editorial board member of the American Educational Research Journal and a member-at-large of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. She was the former recipient of a TESOL Distinguished Research Award. Kanno received her MA in linguistics from Keio University and her PhD in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.