Dr Olive Nabukeera


I have worked at the University of Leeds since 2023, teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and engaging in scholarship at the Language Center. My passion for international education and English language teaching is deeply rooted in my academic and professional career across three continents. Originally from Kampala, Uganda, I have lived, studied and worked at universities in Rwanda, England, and for the past ten years, in the United States. This experience has profoundly influenced my teaching philosophy, classroom practices and scholarship interests. 

Research interests

My scholarship focuses on the intersectionality of race, language and identity in English language teaching, and more particularly representation of Black teacher identities demonstrating my commitment to inclusivity and equity in higher education. Notable publications include; “The Positioning of Black ESL Teachers in the United States: Teacher Perspectives” (2022), featured in the CATESOL Journal special issue of Anti-racist Perspectives, Policies, and Practices in TESOL. This article stems from a comprehensive study conducted for my doctoral thesis that examined the racial and linguistic positioning of Black English language educators. I have also published a literature review on native speakerism in the Rwandan Journal of Education, titled “ The Plight of Non-native English speaking teachers of languages in the teaching profession: A case of African teachers of English” (2012).

I have delivered presentations on raciolinguistics and teacher identity at  the US TESOL International convention, The BELPaf symposium, TESOL France, and the International Conference on Advanced Research in Education. An upcoming book chapter on the (in)visibility of Black academics in higher education is slated for publication in the 2024 Bloomsbury series on Language Teacher Agency.

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  • Bachelors- Education, English & Literature (Makerere University, Uganda)
  • Masters-TESOL (University of Bath, England)
  • Masters- International Educational Management (University of Leeds, England)
  • Doctorate - TESOL (Alliant International University, USA)

Professional memberships

  • TESOL International Association
  • British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)
  • American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL)

Student education

I presently teach the following courses: 

  • ELU 0040- Academic Study Skills for Science Technology and Maths
  • ELU 0039-Academic Study Skills for Dentistry, Medicine and Healthcare Professions 
  • ELU 3001 - Language for Business

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre