I am an Assistant Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the area of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum. Raised between my Nigerian and African American cultures, my hybrid identity is reflected in my work that focuses on Black African immigrant youth. Specifically, my research explores the role of language, literacy, including digital literacies, in Black African immigrant youth identity constructions and negotiations across school, community, and digital spaces. I pay particular attention to the intersection of racialization and socialization processes that influence the identities that Black African immigrant youth construct through their respective languages and literacies. My scholarship has most recently been published in the Journal of Literacy Research, Teachers College Record, and The Journal of Research in Childhood Education. It has also been supported by The National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation's Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color (CNV) program.
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin (Language & Literacy Studies)
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University (Curriculum & Teaching, Literacy Specialist)
B.A. Michigan State University (Elementary Education)
Omogun, L. & Skerrett, A. (2021). From Haiti to Detroit Through Black Immigrant Languages and Literacies. Journal of Literacy Research, 53(3), 406-429. https://doi.org/10.1177/1086296X211031279
Omogun, L. (2021). Counterstories: Reimagining youth in multiethnic short story anthologies [Review of the book Black enough: Stories of being young & Black in America edited by I. Zoboi. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 64 (5). https://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.1143
Skerrett, A. & Omogun, L. (2020). When racial, transnational, and immigrant identities and literacies meet: Black youth of Caribbean origin speak. Teachers College Record, 122 (13)
Wetzel, M. M., Vlach, S. K., Svrcek, N. S., Steinitz, E., Omogun, L., Salmerón, C., ... & Villarreal, D. (2019). Preparing teachers with sociocultural knowledge in literacy: A literature review. Journal of Literacy Research, 51 (2), 138-157. https://doi.org/10.1177/1086296X19833575
Omogun, L. (2018). Immigrant student identities in literacy spaces. Texas Education Review, 6 (2), 70-81.
Honors & Awards
Cultivating New Scholars Fellowship, National Council of Teachers of English (2020– 2022)
Texas New Scholars Fellowship (2016 - 2019)
EDC&I 528: Foundations of Language, Literacy, and Culture
EDC&I 568: Youth Multiliteracies: Modality, Culture, and Identity
EDTEP 533: Teaching and Learning in Literacy III