• Research

 I am interested in critical, transformative and emancipatory research that exposes unequal power relations and highlights modes of resistance. 

Research Interests Follow me on Academia.edu  

My research has three distinct strands. The first is focused around politics, media, culture and communication. I am interested in online political communication by marginalised groups; racialised and gendered political discourse, and raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture.

The second strand of my research is concerned with the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education. I aim to to provide critical and nuanced understandings on racial inequalities in higher education as they impact both staff and students.

The third strand of my research is focused on equality, diversity, inclusion and justice in higher education teaching and learning, especially around curriculum diversification and inclusive teaching practice.

I specialize in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms including critical race theory, cultural democracy, Black feminism, critical ethnography and autoethnography. I employ a range of research methods including focus groups, interviews and case studies, virtual ethnography and cyberethnography. 

Internal Leadership Roles

  • Member of the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Ethics Committee, Bournemouth University

External Leadership Roles

  • Editorial Board Member, International Race and Education Book Series at MSUP
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Crisis Communication.
  • Advisory Board Member, AHRC Common Cause Project: Enriching the Arts & Humanities Through Collaborations Between Universities and BAME Community Partners



Gabriel, D. (2007). Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora. London; Imani Media.

Books (Forthcoming)

Gabriel, D., & Tate, S.A. (eds), (2017). Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. London: Trentham Books

Gabriel, D., & Hylton, K. (2017). A Sense of Belonging: Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Higher Education. London: Trentham Books.

Book Chapters 

Gabriel, D. (2016)Race, Racism and Resistance in British Academia in A Critical Study of (Trans) National Racism: Interdependence of Racist Phenomenon and Resistance Forms, (eds.), Fereidooni, K & El, M. Wiesbaden: SpringerVS.

Gabriel, D. (2015) Alternative Voices, Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere; in Media, Margins and Civic Agency, (eds.), Thorsen, E; Jackson, D; Savigny, H; & Alexander, J.  London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters (Forthcoming)

Gabriel, D. (2017). Overcoming objectification and dehumanization in academia in Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia. (eds).Gabriel, D., & Tate, S.A. London: Trentham Books

Journal Articles 

Gabriel, D. (2015). Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the BlogosphereOnline Journal of Communication and Media Technologies.

Gabriel, D. (2016). Blogging While Black British and Female: a Critical Study on Discursive Activism. Information, Communication and Society. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1146784 

Journal Articles (In Progress)

Gabriel, D. (2017). Pedagogies of Social Justice and Cultural Democracy in Media Higher Education. Under Review by MERJ (Media Education Research Journal)

Gabriel, D. (2017). Me Myself and I: An Autoethnographical Reflection on Blogging Through Multiple Identities. Abstract accepted by Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies & article to be sbmitted.

Scholarly Articles

Gabriel, D. (2016). Belonging, racism and white backlash in the 2016 US Presidential Election. US Election Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign. Poole: Bournemouth University.

PhD Thesis

Gabriel, D. (2014). Blogging While Black and British: An Exploratory Study on the Use of Blogs as Social, Cultural and Counterhegemonic Practice. (PhD Thesis), University of Salford, Salford

Conference Papers

Global Conference on Education, Research and Policy, Washington, DC. 11 April 2017

Keynote Speaker: Embedding Inclusion, Equality and Liberation in Media Higher Education

3rd International Conference on Advances in Women's Studies, New York 31 Jul-1 Aug 2016

Inside the Ivory Tower: Women's Empowerment and Leadership Through the Black Sister Network

IAFOR International Conference on Education; Hawaii, 8-11 Jan 2016

Social Justice Pedagogy and Cultural Democracy: Promoting Inclusion and Equality in Further and Higher Education (co-presented with Aisha Richards).

4th International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology & Design, Grand Excelsior Hotel Sharjah, Dubai 16-18 May 2015

Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the Blogosphere (full research paper)

Cyberspace 2014, Masaryk University, Czech Republic on 28-29 November 2014

Blogging While Black, British and Female: Identity, Representation and Social Impact in the Blogosphere (full research paper)

Media & Politics Group Annual Conference Nov 2013, Bournemouth University              *Winner of the James Thomas Memorial Prize

Alternative Voices in Alternative Spaces: Counterhegemonic Discourse in the Blogosphere (full research paper) 

Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference July 2012 Sorbonne University, Paris

African Caribbean Bloggers in the UK: Alternative Voices on the Web (original title of PhD thesis) – presentation of preliminary findings

Successful Funding Bids

(Feb 2017) Bournemouth University UoA25 Funding. Generating Research Impact Through Engagement With The Communication Industries

(April 2015) Bournemouth University Grants Academy Small Grant Award. Cultural Democracy Framework For Race Equality UK Partnership Project.


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