Fares Karam, Ph.D.

Fares Karam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture
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Fares J. Karam is an assistant professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches courses related to second language acquisition and English learners. Prior to his doctoral studies at the University of Virginia, he taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Lebanon in bi/multilingual contexts. He also worked as a Senior English Consultant in the United Arab Emirates where he coordinated all aspects of EFL for a cluster of Emirati public schools.

Dr. Karam's research interests include refugee-background English learners, second language acquisition and identity, and the language and literacy development of ELs. His current and forthcoming work can be found in journals such as Language, Identity, and Education, the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy; and Applied Linguistics among others.

Dr. Karam received the 2018 College of Education Outstanding Faculty Research Award from the University of Nevada, Reno. His doctoral research was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language Research Special Interest Group and the 2017 Bruce Gansneder Outstanding Dissertation (Qualitative Methodology Award) from the Curry school of Education at the University of Virginia. He was also the recipient of the 2016 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on Non-Native English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Issues, awarded by TESOL International Association.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education w/specialization in English Education, University of Virginia
  • Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, Lebanese University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Lebanese University