Alison Mackey is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, where she teaches and conducts research on second language acquisition. She has carried out studies of the effects of input, interaction and feedback and the role of cognitive factors such as attention and memory in L2 learning, as well as on second language research methodologies. Her research appears in numerous scholarly journals and edited collections. She has published 12 books on a variety of topics, including research methods and interaction-driven L2 learning. Her popular audience book on child L2 learning (HarperCollins) has been translated into a number of different languages.
Her graduate training was at Cambridge University (M.Phil, Linguistics, 1989) and the University of Sydney (Ph.D., Linguistics, 1995). She has been an instructor of ESL/EFL, given workshops for teachers, and taught applied linguistics in the U.K., Japan, Australia, and the U.S.