Lakeya Omogun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Language and Literacy Studies Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. Her hybrid identity as a Nigerian and African-American woman is reflected in her interdisciplinary approach to understanding how Black African immigrant youth narrate themselves through linguistic and literacy moves while living in the United States.
Her dissertation research documents how six Nigerian immigrant youth employ language and literacy practices across their Central Texas homes, communities, and digital spaces to construct, negotiate, and imagine identities for themselves. Utilizing ethnographic and narrative analysis approaches, her project draws on postcolonial and raciolinguistic theories to produce knowledge for literacy researchers and educators to recognize and support the unique identities and diverse range of language and literacies of all youth. She envisions her research as a contribution that could further dismantle monolithic and homogenous representations of immigrant youth in U.S. schools.
Her work has been published in Journal of Literacy Research, Teachers College Record, and Texas Education Review. She has a forthcoming co-authored piece in Journal of Research in Childhood Education. Lakeya is a former literacy teacher, a McNair Scholar, and a NCTE Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color Fellow (2020-2022 cohort). She holds a BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and an MA in Literacy Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.