Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition
Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Applied Linguistics. MA Brown University, Brazilian Studies. BA Dartmouth College, Romance Languages.
I am a scholar of language learning and Black experiences in multilingualism. My primary fields of inquiry are critical applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies examining race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in new language learning through the multilingual journeys of African American students. I also have expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion in instructional practices and curriculum design, language study abroad, applied linguistics as a practice of social justice, intercultural communication, and service-learning in secondary and university-level language programs.
My book "Racialized identities in second language learning: Speaking blackness in Brazil" (Routledge 2017) examines how students shape and negotiate different identities in multilingual contexts, and it proposes how a multilingual approach (e.g. translanguaging, plurilingual practice) can be utilized for effective language pedagogy. My book was the first single-authored volume of sociolinguistic analysis and critical examination of the African American experience in language learning and won the 2019 American Association for Applied Linguistics First Book Award recognizing a scholar whose first book represents outstanding work that makes an exceptional contribution to the field. My second book, a co-edited volume titled "Racial equity on college campuses: Connecting research to practice," is due to be released by SUNY Press at the end of 2021.
Areas of Interest
- Critical Applied Linguistics
- Second Language Acquisition
- Critical Sociolinguistics
- Critical Discourse Studies
- Study Abroad
- Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Class in Second Language Learning
- Language Diversity and Cultural Identity
- Theories of Language Learning and Teaching
- Hip Hop and Funk Discourses of Black Womanhood in Brazil and the U.S.
- Language Program Administration
Selected Awards and Honors
- 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
- Anya, U. (2021). "When the foreign is very familiar: An Afro-Dominican-American woman’s experience translanguaging race, ethnicity, and cultural heritage learning Portuguese in Brazil." In E. Trentmann & W. Diao (eds.), Language learning in study abroad: The multilingual turn, pp. 43-70. Multilingual Matters.
- Anya, U. (2020). "African Americans in world language study: The forged path and future directions." Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 40, 97-112.
- Anya, U., et al (2019). "Improving Spanish language teacher retention and success among Black Spanish-language learners: An HSI-HBCU collaboration." Commissioned paper for the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
- Anya, U. & Randolph, L.J. (Oct/Nov, 2019). "Diversifying language educators and learners." The Language Educator. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
- Anya, U. (2017). "Racialized identities in second language learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil." Routledge.