Professor Brantmeier is the principal investigator in the Language Research Laboratory. Her experimental research addresses questions about the nature of second/foreign languages and how they are acquired and used.
Cindy Brantmeier (PhD Indiana University) is Professor of Applied Linguistics with a primary appointment in International and Area Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She is Director of Applied Linguistics, which includes the PhD concentration in Applied Linguistics in Education and the undergraduate minor. She is also Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate of Language Instruction, an interdisciplinary PhD certificate for students in literature. Currently, Professor Brantmeier is the Faculty Fellow for International Research with Human Subjects in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, for the School of Medicine and the Danforth Campus. Professor Brantmeier was the recipient of Washington University’s 2012 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award, and a three-time winner of the award for outstanding graduate student mentoring.
Professor Brantmeier was named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China (2016-2021), a university that is considered one of China’s leading centers for scholarship in linguistics and applied linguistics. Appointed in Fall 2015 to 2020, Professor Brantmeier served as Co-editor of Reading in a Foreign Language, a leading journal housed at the University of Hawaii.
At Washington University, Professor Brantmeier holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Education, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She has also been a visiting faculty member of the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii and an Oxford University Roundtable Scholar. Professor Brantmeier has given invited presentations of her research in Argentina, Nicaragua, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Malaysia, the Republic of Georgia, The Netherlands, Oxford (UK), and at universities across the USA. In 2019, Professor Brantmeier was selected to deliver the plenary address at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Conference on Literacy held in Chile, where she summarized her 17 years of experiments that examine literacy across languages and cultures. Professor Brantmeier was the keynote speaker and core presenter of STARTALK 2013, and again 2015, an event sponsored by the President of the United States National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) that emphasizes the teaching and learning of strategic languages, held at San Diego State University.
Professor Brantmeier is principal investigator in the Language Research Laboratory. Her published work consists of experiments that examine variables involved in second language reading, language research methodology, and language testing and assessment. Professor Brantmeier leads a research group that conducts experiments to examine the relationship between individual learner difference variables, such as self-assessment, personality, and self-esteem, and second language acquisition, and another research group that investigates the effects of working memory and first language knowledge on second language reading. Most recently, Professor Brantmeier is connecting her laboratory research to volunteer work with new Americans, including refugees and first generation immigrants who attend local St. Louis public schools. She is also leading language acquisition experiments at NENU, China, and in different cities in Latin America.
In addition to teaching Applied Linguistics courses at the university, Professor Brantmeier also has extensive experience teaching Spanish and ESL/EFL in the USA, Nicaragua, Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica to students of all ages. She earned her state teacher certification from Wisconsin for English, Spanish, and ESL (K-12) and is the recipient of several teaching awards from other universities and language programs.
Professor Brantmeier has held many different positions with language program direction in the USA and abroad. She was the creator and Director of SPEAC, an English Language Center in Estelí, Nicaragua, a center that won an international award for outstanding program development between the USA and other nations. For 13 years, Professor Brantmeier held supervisory positions in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures that included freshmen language placement, language program assessment, and teaching assistant training.