Uju Anya Biography

Uju Anya is an assistant professor of Second Language Learning, Department of Curriculum & Instruction Research Affiliate in critical applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, new language learning, and critical race and discourse studies. She is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University and was recently caught in controversy for her remarks about Queen Elizabeth II a few hours before her death.

Early Life

Uju Anya was born in Nigeria on August 4, 1977. At the age of 10, she, along with her mother and brother, moved to the United States. Her mother walked out of her marriage because of Uju’s father’s extramarital affairs and took two of the children to America. Uju joined the private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College to graduate in Romance Languages in 1998. She did her post-graduation in Brazilian Studies at Brown University, the university in Providence, Rhode Island. Later, she went to the University of California, Los Angeles to get a doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics.

Uju Anya Career

Uju has a vast career history being a researcher and a professor. She started her teaching profession in 1998 by teaching at Phillips Academy Andover where she taught Spanish. Then in 2001, she was a visiting Portuguese lecturer at Dartmouth College Department of Spanish and Portuguese. From 2003 to 2005, she designed and taught English and Portuguese as a Master’s Teacher at Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures before joining the UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics as applied linguistics and English lecturer in 2008. She worked there for four years after which she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at Rossier School of Education at The University of Southern California (2012-2016)

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In the 2003 Summer, she also worked as the visiting Assistant Professor & Director at Dartmouth College Department of Spanish and Portuguese. There, she led 18 students in study and homestay programs to learn Portuguese.  Since 2016, she has been an Assistant Professor of Second Language Learning, Department of Curriculum & Instruction Research Affiliate, at The College of Education at Pennsylvania State University. As a researcher, she received various grants. She was awarded Principal Investigator several times. She also received grants as a Co-Investigator and Expert Consultant.

Uju has received many honors and awards starting in 1998, she received Phillips Academy Andover Spanish Teaching Fellowship. In 1999, she was awarded the Irene Diamond Fellowship for Graduate Study at Brown University. At UCLA, she received Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship for Doctoral Studies in 2007. A year later, she got the Centro Latino for Literacy Manos Amigas Volunteer of the Year Award. The most recent award she received is the 2020 Penn State College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2019, she was awarded two awards —American Association for Applied Linguistics First Book Award and  ACTFL/Middlebury Research Forum Invited Scholar.

Uju Anya Biography

Real Name Uju Anya
Birth Date August 4, 1977
Age (as of 2022) 45 Years
Birth Place Nigeria
Profession Professor
College University of California, Los Angeles, Brown University
Qualification Graduate

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 70 kg  –  in Pounds –  154 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black



Relationship Status

Marital Status Divorced
Who is her husband? Not Known
Children Two
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Personal Life

Uju Anya was married to a man before she came out as a lesbian. She shared the information on Twitter that she lived in Brazil with a woman before meeting her ex-husband. Once she realized she is not bi-sexual but lesbian, she divorced her husband. She is a single mother of two children.

Social Media

Uju has a private Instagram account with more than 2000 followers. She might not like to share her personal photographs and life on social media but she expresses herself openly on Twitter. She has a massive following of 110.4k followers on Twitter. Her tweets often go viral. One of her tweets recently gained public attention because of her insensitivity. On September 8, 2022, a few hours before Queen Elizabeth II’s death, she wished for the painful death of the queen. However, she deleted her tweet afterward.

Uju Anya Net Worth

Uju has been working as a teaching professor and researcher for over two decades. She had been given grants for her contribution to linguistic education and other fields. She has earned herself and her children a good lifestyle and it is reported that her estimated net worth is $500k USD.


  • Uju is also an author who published her book Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning in 2016.
  • She is professionally affiliated with associations like the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
  • She declined the UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship in 2010.
  • Uju is an Afro-Dominican-American.
  • She has two cats.

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