Aisha Barise was born in Québec, Canada, to a Somali family, and lived in Dubai and Japan. Throughout her life, she acquired Somali, French, Arabic, English, and Japanese. Upon completing a BA (Honours) in Linguistics from Concordia University and studying Japanese at McGill University, she moved to Japan to teach English as a Foreign Language. She then pursued a Master's of Science in Linguistics at the University of Alberta, specializing in syntax and morpho-syntax. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Educational studies with a concentration in Language Acquisition under the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. Her general PhD research interest consists of formal linguistic (syntactic and morphosyntactic development) and sociocultural (plurilingualism, translanguaging, anti-racism) approaches to language acquisition and education.