Ali Miano studies literacy as an ideological practice, especially among societally marginalized groups. Her work focuses on respect and recognition for the literate practices and parental school efforts of Mexican immigrant mothers in the U.S. Related research interests include Spanish native language literacy in the U.S., adult literacy, bilingualism, biliteracy, and second language teaching and learning, especially in combination with community engaged learning. Dr. Miano and her second-year students of Spanish collaborate each quarter on a joint art project with a local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. Each winter, many of her third-year students embark upon a digital storytelling project with Stanford workers. Most recently, she has volunteered with the CARA Family Detention Project in Dilley, TX, as well as Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico assisting families at the U.S. border in seeking asylum.