Isabel Pefianco Martin is an educator, leader, and analyst focused on linguistics. She is currently a full-time professor under the Department of English, School of Humanities, and the Department of Education, School of Social Sciences, of the Ateneo de Manila University. She teaches graduate courses at the Department of English. Furthermore, she is said to have acquired her Doctorate Degree in Filipino Panitikan at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Aside from professorship, she holds administrative positions particularly as the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Management and the Research Coordinator of the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD) in Ateneo Manila University. In addition, she has positions in local and international organizations of language scholars and professionals such as the President of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) and Managing Editor of Asian Englishes. She is even the Coordinator for Research and Textbook Development at the Ateneo SALT Institute. It is even said that she held leadership positions in government and non-government institutions that aim to develop the state of English language education in the Philippines.
Accordingly, she has the experience and is adept in contributing to her field of expertise which is the World Englishes, Philippine English, English language education, English sociolinguistics, language policy, forensic linguistics, and language and law studies. For instance, she released an article on the role of Philippine languages in the legal field entitled, “Expanding the Role of Philippine Languages in the Legal System: The Dim Prospects” in 2012.“ She also discussed possible problems, policies, and the future of the English language in the education system of the country, entitled “English Language Education in the Philippines: Policies, Problems, and Prospects” in 2016. She released an article and showed interest as well in codeswitching and compared its use in the universities of Singapore and the Philippines in 2013. However, her more recent works revolved around the influences of other perspectives on the English Language in the Philippines entitled, “Philippine English in Retrospect and Prospect” in 2019, and the chapter entitled, “Philippine English” published in the Handbook of Asian Englishes last 2020.”