Dr Hema Ramanathan believes that education is a public discipline; teaching is a social act; and research in education should mirror these concepts. Her academic focus is on teacher education with an emphasis on diversity, especially language diversity, and English Language Teaching (ELT). She has taught English language and literature in India, Indonesia and Malaysia. After almost 25 years of teaching education at universities in the U.S., she moved to India to pursue her passion to work with teachers as a senior advisor and consultant with educational organisations. She has over 75 publications and 190 presentations and workshops on ELT and teacher education in India and the U.S. She is a series editor and author of an English textbook series for Grades 1 to 8.