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Uju Anya Biography
Uju Anya was born on August 4, 1976, she is a professor of applied linguistics and a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University whose critical discourse studies primarily examine race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in new Language learning through the experiences of African American students.
Early Life and Education
Uju Anya was born on August 4, 1976. Uju Anya was born to a Nigerian father while her mother is from Trinidad and Tobago.
She hails from Enugu State where was born. Her mother secretly took her and her brother to the US when she was age 10 to escape from her abusive father.
Anya graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Romance languages from Dartmouth College in 1998.
She bagged an MA in Brazilian studies from Brown University in 2001. She also holds a Ph.D. in applied linguistics from UCLA (2011).
Uju Anya Career
Dr. Uju Anya is an Associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University, who teaches and conducts research in the field.
Her main research areas include critical applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies, which focus on how African American pupils perceive race, gender, sexual orientation, and social class identities when they learn a new language.
She possesses expertise in applied linguistics as a social justice practice, intercultural communication, diversity, equity, and inclusion in instructional methods and curriculum design, as well as service-learning and civic engagement in secondary and tertiary level language programs.
Uju Anya’s book, Racialized won The 2019 American Association for Applied Linguistics First Book Award in second language learning: Speaking blackness in Brazil (Routledge 2017), which honors a researcher whose first book represents outstanding work and makes an exceptional contribution to the field.
The book is the first work of sociolinguistic analysis and critical assessment of the language learning experience of African Americans to be written by a single author.
In addition to exploring how students construct and negotiate their various identities in multilingual settings, it makes recommendations for how a multilingual approach (such as translanguaging and plurilingual practice) can be used to enhance language instruction.
At the end of 2021, SUNY Press will publish her second book, a co-edited volume titled Racial equity on college campuses: Connecting research to practice.
Uju Anya Awards
- Penn State College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award, 2020.
- American Association for Applied Linguistics First Book Award, 2019.
- ACTFL/Middlebury Research Forum Invited Scholar, 2019.
- USC Rossier School of Education Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2015.
- Centro Latino for Literacy Manos Amigas Volunteer of the Year Award, 2008.
Uju Anya Net Worth
Uju Anya is a prolific Nigerian researcher. She has an estimated net worth of around $1.5 million.