I am a scholar-activist, a queer Black troublemaker and a Psychology Lecturer at the University of East London. I have a specific interests in:
- the intersections of race, gender and sexuality;
- decolonising dis-ease
- critical community psychology ;
- critical pedagogies
- decolonising academia and psychology
Academic and activist background
I gained my BSc (Hons) Human Psychology at Aston University in 2009. I then undertook a part time MSc (Hons) Critical Psychology by Research at Manchester Metropolitan University developing my interests in feminist and critical community psychology, graduating with a Distinction in 2012. Alongside the MSc I worked in an educational, community development and activist capacity in sexual health prevention with young people in Salford and Black Minority Ethnic communities in Manchester; and on issues facing the local community such as police harassment and sexual and gender diversity. In 2013, I co-founded Rainbow Noir, a social support and organising space for queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC) in Manchester. I was then awarded a full studentship to undertake my PhD at the University of Brighton in 2013. My thesis ‘Being A Queer and/or Trans Person of Colour in the UK: Psychology, Subjectivity and Intersectionality’, explored the intersections of race, gender and sexuality; subjectivity; the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ and feeling 'queerly raced' for QTPOC activists in the UK. This drew on critical community psychology alongside black feminist, post-colonial and queer theory. I was awarded my doctorate in June 2017, passing my viva with no corrections. I am currently working on developing my PhD into a book with Routledge as part of the new Transforming LGBTQ Lives book series edited by Katherine Johnson and Kath Browne.
Teaching and Pedagogy
I have taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Inspired by bell hooks’ ‘education as the practice of freedom’ I strive to create learning environments with my students that encourage openness, dialogue, debate, and critical thinking. I am interested in applying psychological theory to ‘real life’ problems that students and their communities may be grappling with, particularly regarding social inequalities. I am particularly passionate about supporting and improving the experiences of Black, of colour and first generation students in the academy. As a scholar-activist I am excited by the possibilities of working both within academia and beyond its boundaries.