Brian Street is Professor of Language in Education at King’s College, London University and Visiting Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. He has a commitment to linking ethnographic-style research on the cultural dimension of language and literacy with contemporary practice in education and in development. He has undertaken anthropological fifi eld research and been consultant to projects in these fields in countries of both the North and South. He has just been awarded the National Reading Conference’s Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award. He has published 18 books and 120 scholarly papers.