LaKisha T. David, M.C.P. 

LaKisha is a  Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). Her research focus is on ancestral family identity development and changes among people of African descent who are engaged in social interactions with distant African relatives found through autosomal genetic testing. She is a co-instructor in the HDFS Ghana Study Abroad program where students explore family identity development through learning from members of diverse communities in Ghana. She earned her M.C.P. degree in Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her B.S. at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T). To learn more about her research, please visit


Supported by Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities