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Department Chair, Coordinator, Professor
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
Phonology, Morphology, African Languages (Bantu Languages), Contact Linguistics, Language Teaching Methodology, ESL / EFL African Summer Institute
Courses Taught 
TESL 426-Advanced Linguistic Analysis
Research Interests 
Department Chair, Anthropology, Philosophy, Teaching English as a Second.Foreign Language, & Academic Literacy Program Coordinator, African Summer Institute

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Chicago

Selected Publications 

Bofman, Theodora,Jeanine Ntihirageza, and Paul Prez. “Writing a bilingual learner’s dictionary:  A case study of Kirundi.”  In English Learners’ Dictionaries at the DSNA 2009. Ilan J. Kernerman and Paul Bogaards, eds. Tel Aviv: K Dictionaries Ltd. 2010.


Jeanine Ntihirageza (Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL) holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in Bantu languages. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  She received her BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Burundi where she subsequently taught TEFL and ESL classes as a Lecturer.  She came to the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship to do her graduate studies.  Her primary research area is phonology and morphology.  Her other research interests include contact linguistics and Pragmatics.  In addition, she is a currently working on an online bilingual Kirundi-English dictionary with Teddy Bofman and Paul Prez ( )  She is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University, and Department chair of Anthropology, English Language Program (ELP), Philosophy, and Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (TESL).  She is also on the core faculty of the African and African American Studies program. She has taught Theoretical and Applied Linguistics for the last 13 years. She spearheaded a Genocide Research Group that recently organized a symposium on Silencing Genocide in Africa and African Diaspora.

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