Uju Anya Biography
The Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University is extremely fortunate to have Dr. Uju Anya serving as a member of its teaching team. She is an associate professor of second language acquisition, which means that in addition to doing research and teaching in the areas of critical applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, new language learning, and critical race and discourse studies, she is also responsible for the instruction of students.
Uju Anya Education
2011 Ph.D., Applied Linguistics
University of California, Los Angeles
2001 M.A., Brazilian Studies
1998 B.A., Romance Languages
Uju Anya Career
Dr. Uju Anya is responsible for both the classroom instruction as well as the research that is carried out at the Modern Languages department at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is employed as an associate professor of second language acquisition. Critical applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies are the key focuses of her study. Through the eyes of African American students, these subfields of research analyze the parts that racial identity, gender identity, sexual identity, and social class identity play in the development of new linguistic abilities. Her areas of expertise include diversity, equity, and inclusion in instructional practices and curriculum design; applied linguistics as a practice of social justice; intercultural communication; as well as service-learning and civic engagement in secondary and university-level language programs. Her areas of expertise also include intercultural communication. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Applied Linguistics.
Dr. Anya’s book, “Racialized identities in second language learning: Speaking blackness in Brazil,” which was published by Routledge in 2017, was chosen to receive the 2019 American Association for Applied Linguistics First Book Award. This prize is presented to a scholar whose first book demonstrates great work and makes an exceptional contribution to the subject. The book in question must have been published within the previous five years. This is the first volume created by a single author to present a sociolinguistic analysis as well as a critical assessment of the experience of language acquisition among African Americans. The book is titled The Experience of Language Learning Among African Americans. It investigates the ways in which students construct and negotiate different identities within multilingual contexts, and it suggests ways in which a multilingual approach (such as translanguaging or plurilingual practice) can be used to teach language in an effective manner. In addition, it investigates the ways in which students construct and negotiate different identities outside of multilingual contexts. Racial justice on college campuses: Connecting research to practice is the title of her upcoming second book, which will be published by SUNY Press towards the tail end of 2021.
In the past, Dr. Anya has worked in a number of different academic capacities, including those of assistant professor of second language learning in Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State University, assistant professor of teacher education in TESOL at the University of Southern California, visiting assistant professor and faculty director of the Dartmouth College Portuguese language study abroad program in Salvador-Bahia, Brazil, and lecturer in applied linguistics, TESOL, Portuguese, and Spanish. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance languages from Dartmouth College, a Master of Arts degree in Brazilian studies from Brown University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied linguistics from UCLA. She is an expert in the Brazilian language and culture.
Uju Anya Honors and Awards
- 2020 Penn State College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award
- 2019 American Association for Applied Linguistics First Book Award
- 2019 ACTFL/Middlebury Research Forum Invited Scholar
- 2015 USC Rossier School of Education Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award
- 2010 Dartmouth College Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship
- 2010 UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship (declined)
- 2008 Centro Latino for Literacy Manos Amigas Volunteer of the Year Award
- 2007 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship for Doctoral Studies at UCLA
- 1999 Irene Diamond Fellowship for Graduate Study at Brown University
- 1998 Phillips Academy Andover Spanish Teaching Fellowship