Reprocessing Race, Language and Ability

African-Born Educators and Students in Transnational America

by Immaculée Harushimana (Volume editor) Chinwe Ikpeze (Volume editor) Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers (Volume editor)
©2013 Textbook XXII, 245 Pages


This book explores the unique experiences of African-born educators and students in North American K-12 classrooms, as well as those of education faculty and administrators. It identifies the conflicting attributes that African-born educators and students bring into American schools and the challenges of working in linguistically, racially and culturally regulated educational spaces. The collected essays examine how attributes assigned to immigrant teachers by the host community of students, colleagues and administrators can serve both as conduits and deterrents for effective teaching. In all, Reprocessing Race, Language and Ability uncovers the existence of unavoidable – though not insurmountable – racial, cultural and linguistic dissonance when African and western cultures come in contact.


XXII, 245
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New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt, Oxford, Wien, 2013. XXII, 245 pp.

Biographical notes

Immaculée Harushimana (Volume editor) Chinwe Ikpeze (Volume editor) Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers (Volume editor)

Immaculée Harushimana received her PhD in English (rhetoric and linguistics) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacies at Lehman College, City University of New York. Her publications capitalize on the literacy needs and academic visibility of non-predominant immigrant minorities in urban school settings. Chinwe Ikpeze is Assistant Professor of Literacy at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York. Dr. Ikpeze’s research centers on literacy instruction and pedagogy, self study, teacher learning and research on African-born students and educators. Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers is Assistant Professor with the Department of Social and Psychological Foundations of Education and Director of the Frontier Center for Urban Education at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Her teaching and research is on social justice-oriented education.


Title: Reprocessing Race, Language and Ability