A professor of applied linguistics at the University of Sao Paulo, Leiko Matsubara Morales studies Nikkei language, education, and cultural hybridity. She specializes in the teaching of Japanese language through grammar and foreign language methodologies, and language heritages. She has researched Japanese Brazilian immigration, publishing the following articles:
- Morales, L. M., Akamine, A., & Emiko Suzuki, M. (2017). The ongoing mobilities of Japanese-Brazilians: language ideology, identities and language education. Multilingual Brazil, 129-140.