Dr. Kami (pronounced kah-MEE) Anderson is an interculturalist, scholar, and language advocate. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Anderson has always kept a tight grip on her passion and compassion for others and difference through language. Her primary focus is family empowerment through language with an emphasis on application and confidence.
Dr. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2007. She received a BA in Spanish from Spelman College and a MA in International Communication and Cultural Anthropology from the American University in Washington, DC. She has been teaching in higher education since 2005. She has taught a wide range of courses in higher education including public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, human communication, media, culture and society, small group communication, international communication, business communication as well as a faculty-led student travel course: City as Text.
In June 2017, she launched Bilingual Brown Babies, a specialized service for families of color who are serious about raising their children bilingual in English and Spanish. She’s a passionate life-long teacher and the go-to girl when it comes to language, Blackness, and identity. Bilingual Brown Babies is intended to be a movement that increases the number of children of color who are biliterate in English and Spanish in order to maintain footing in this increasingly competitive global workforce.
Dr. Kami Anderson has published extensively in both English and Spanish in scholarly and trade journals as well as in national US news publications. In addition to From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace, co-authored with Dr. Joy Wiggins, she has published several other books including Raising Bilingual Brown Babies: Everyday strategies to become a confident bilingual family (2018, KDP Publishing) and Language, Identity and Choice: Raising Bilingual Children in a Global Society (2015, Lexington Books) which talks about her own experiences raising her children bilingual.
She is currently a member of the National Communication Association (NCA), National Collegiate Honors Council, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society, The Organization for African American Linguists, and the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
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