I’m a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University (BU) in the Faculty of Media and Communication, where I lecture in politics, media and communication. Prior to joining BU I lectured in journalism and new media at London Metropolitan University, Salford University (where I completed my PhD in media and cultural studies) and Birkbeck, University of London.
Over the years I have developed a number of projects to diversify the media, including People With Voices (2008-2013) an online journalism project funded by UnLtd to increase participation in the news industry among the most under-represented groups. Black Bloggers UK & International Network (2011-2013) was developed to support my doctoral research on Black Bloggers in the UK. Both websites have been archived by the British Library.
My primary motivation for becoming an academic is the opportunity to contribute to social change by embedding social justice and equality within my teaching and research. My educational practice is informed by a fusion of critical race pedagogy and social justice pedagogy. The units I teach and lead at undergraduate and postgraduate level are unashamedly taught from a critical race/gender standpoint.
My research fall into two distinct areas. The first strand is concerned with political discourse, communication and participation, and race and representation in media and popular culture. The second is concerned both with the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education and its impact on staff and students of colour, and with equality, diversity and justice in educational practice.
In addition to a full-time academic role, I’m the Founder of Black British Academics, an established network committed to tackling racial inequality in the higher education sector.
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Last updated: April 2018