Nnenna is a doctoral student in the area of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. She was introduced to early learning curriculum through a research partnership in Argentina with Cabo-Verdeans living in Buenos Aires. On returning to classrooms in the United States, she continued to explore interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum design based in indigenous knowledges and multiple ways of knowing.
Her research explores the experiences of young children of color and the ways they learn to negotiate and resist the tenets of hierarchy and power in early learning environments. Joining her immigrant background with U.S. state policy experience, she examines global threads among families, educators, governments and the archive as they support young children of color.
Her relationship with young children is rooted in a deep affection for their displays of unadulterated thirst for knowledge. This partnership guides her other creative pursuits like developing contemporary dance choreography with young children and art collage curation. Deeply rooted in futuristic imaginations of early learning, her research focuses on socio-cultural influences and inquiry-driven interactions in early childhood spaces that illustrate the complexities of normal and compel public reactions that mobilize.