Dr. Adrienne Washington, a Hampton University undergrad graduate, became the first black woman at the University of Pittsburgh to receive a Ph.D. in Linguistics.

As part of her thesis, Dr. Washington researched the study and redevelopment of Yoruba language practices in the city of Salvador da Bahia in modern-day northeastern Brazil.

“My plan is to continue developing my research on Yoruba language practices in northeastern Brazil as well as explore other interdisciplinary topics in sociolinguistics. Currently, I am focused on writing manuscripts and applying for jobs in academia, where I see myself best contributing to society,” Dr. Washington told JBHE.

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