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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 as counterhegemonic practice; 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 draw on the intellectual and cultural capital within Black British Academics 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 and inclusion in higher education teaching and learning and is linked both to my own teaching and consultancy work undertaken for HEIs through Black British Academics 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
- Advisory Editorial Board Member for the International Race and Education Book Series at Michigan State University Press
- Advisory Board Member, AHRC Common Cause Project: Enriching the Arts & Humanities Through Collaborations Between Universities and BAME Community Partners
- Advisory Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Crisis Journalism
Gabriel, D. (2007). Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora. London; Imani Media.
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.
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.
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). Challenging the Whiteness of Britishness: Co-creating British Social History in the Blogosphere. Online 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. Abstract accepted; journal article submitted to MERJ Jan 2017.
Gabriel, D. (2017). Me Myself and I: An Autoethnographical Reflection on Blogging Through Multiple Identities. Abstract submitted to Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies.
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.
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 (Forthcoming)
Global Conference on Education, Research and Policy, Washington, DC. 11 April 2017
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
(April 2015) Bournemouth University Grants Academy Small Grant Award (£1250) for Cultural Democracy Framework For Race Equality UK Partnership Project.