About

I’m a senior academic, journalist, media and equality specialist whose work is largely focused on race equality and social justice, in higher education and the wider society.

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 Both websites have been archived by the British Library.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 2007 book, Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora, was the first major work on colourism by a UK author and has continued to attract worldwide attention. I converted it into a free electronic resource two years after publication to increase accessibility and it has since been downloaded over 11,000 times.

My journalistic work is focused on centralising the voices of people of colour and articulating issues around inequality. I’ve written for a variety of publications including Times Higher Education, Guardian, Independent, Red Pepper and Parliamentary Monitor. Between 2004 and 2008 I served as Editor of Colourful Network prior to its conversion to online radio.

I established Black British Academics in 2013 as a pro-active, influential network of intellectuals and scholar activists committed to tackling racial inequality in higher education through collective activism and collaborative research and serve as its Director.

I’m currently based at Bournemouth University, where I lead undergraduate teaching in Race, Media and Inequality and Political Sociology (modules I developed), and supervise doctoral students. I’m an award-winning specialist in social justice pedagogy and critical race pedagogy and teach from a critical race/gender standpoint. In 2017 and 2016 I received ‘You’re Brilliant’ awards run by the Student Union at Bournemouth University where students vote for staff who they feel have made an outstanding contribution to their learning and/or university experience. In 2018 I won the Award in Academic Excellence in the Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards.

My key areas of research are political discourse, communication and participation; race and representation in media and popular culture and the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education. I developed the Ivory Tower project on race and gender equality for Black British Academics and I’m co-editor of the best-selling book: Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. We are currently working on the sequel: Transforming the Ivory Tower: Models for Gender Equality and Social Justice, a volume I am editing and contributing to, due for completion in October 2019. I’ve presented my research at international conferences around the world including Paris, Dubai, Buffalo New York State, Hawaii, Washington DC, New York, Austin Texas, and Toronto. In 2013 I won the James Thomas Memorial Prize for Best Paper at the Media and Politics Group annual conference at Bournemouth University.

I’m currently leading race equality initiatives at Bournemouth University as Co-Chair of the Race Equality Charter Steering Group and serve on a number of external advisory and editorial boards as well as internal committees at Bournemouth University.

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Last updated: Oct 2018

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