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Gemma Punti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement Scholar, CLI; Lecturer, CLI
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Ph.D., Second Languages and Cultures Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2013
M.A., Comparative and International Development of Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2007
B.A., Education, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2003
B.A., Physiotherapy, Gimbernat -- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2000


I am a Catalan native speaker from a village north of Barcelona. Since living in the United States, I have been using three languages daily: Catalan, English and Spanish. I previously taught Spanish at St. Olaf College and at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I have focused on the education of underserved populations during my years of research and I continue to be interested in educational equity and the educational experiences of underserved populations.


As a civic engagement scholar, I value conceptual and experiential learning. I am interested in students' learning through sustainable and mutually beneficial collaboration with local community organizations that look to support and improve the well-being of our society.

In addition, I am interested in the educational experiences of underserved youth. I believe in educational equity and in learning together with underrepresented youth by sharing with them the tools to understand, analyze, and validate their own experiences.

Select Publications

Punti, G. & King, K. (2013). A perfect storm? Undocumented Latino youth, multi-level marketing businesses, and their targeted language policies. In V. Ramanathan (Ed.), Language Policy and Citizenship. (pp. 92-115). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

King, K., & Punti, G. (2012). On the margins: Undocumented students’ narrated experiences of (il)legality. Linguistics and Education, 23(3), 235-249