I'm a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University in Dorset, South-East England, in the Faculty of Media and Communication, where I lecture in politics, media, culture and communication.
I position myself as a scholar-activist concerned with contributing to social change through the innovation and delivery of pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy and through transformative teaching, research and professional practice. My research interests are focused around online political communication, raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture, inequalities in media and communications practice, and the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education.
In addition to a full-time academic role, I am the CEO of Black British Academics, an independent organisation I established in 2013 as a collaborative platform both to support staff and students of colour and to work proactively with progressive higher education institutions providing specialist consultancy services in race equality initiatives, particularly around curriculum diversity and inclusive teaching practice.
I have more than a decade’s experience as a professional journalist specializing in print and online news with commissioned work published in a variety of publications including the Guardian, Independent, Red Pepper and Parliamentary Monitor. I was editor of Colourful Network between 2004 and 2008 prior to its transformation from an online news publication to a digital radio station.
My journalistic work focused on claiming representational spaces for marginalised groups in the news media by making them the central focus of journalistic narratives. This includes an online news project, People With Voices, funded by UnLtd which ran from 2008 to 2013. This provided journalism training and an online platform for the publication of news, features commentaries and reviews for the most under-represented groups in the news industry.
I recently began honing my creative skills to the development of resistance poetry drawing on critical race theory, cultural democracy and Black feminism as key influences.
Last updated: July 2016