Jeff Bale is an Assistant Professor of Second Language Instruction at Michigan State University's Department of Teacher Education, and has done extensive research on the political and pedagogical issues of educating Second Language Education. He received his doctorate from Arizona State University and taught public school in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Tempe Arizona. He has published in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and the International Socialist Review. 
Research and writing
Bale's research explores the history of second language education in the United States in relation to the ebb and flow of U.S. imperial projects. In addition, his work adopts comparative approaches to better understand the conflicts surrounding bilingual education policy in the US and Germany. Bale oversees secondary world language teacher preparation at Michigan State and helped develop its new programs in Arabic teacher certification. He has published in Language Policy, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, International Multilingual Research Journal, and Critical Education. His co-edited book (with Sarah Knopp), Education and Capitalism: The Struggle for Learning and Liberation, is set to appear in late 2011.
At Left Forum 2011, Sarah Knopp organized a panel "Capitalism and Education: A Marxist discourse on what we're fighting against and what we're fighting for". other panelists included Jeff Bale, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University, Jean Anyon, Graduate Center, CUNY, Brian Jones, SocialistWorker.org, Megan Behrent, International Socialist Organization.