My thesis focuses on transnational feminism, neoliberalism and the body in the fiction of two Caribbean authors (Dionne Brand and Edwidge Danticat) and two West African authors (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Taiye Selasi). My thesis is a cross-cultural exploration of how contemporary black female authors creatively respond to inequality and oppression within our neoliberal world-system. I am interested in how black women writers can form solidarities between black women by attempting to negotiate cultural, class-based, and economic difference. I argue that, primarily through explorations of the body politic, these authors create a black feminism that is transnational in its reach, enacting a necessary resistance to neoliberalism.
I currently teach the undergraduate module 'Poetry: Reading and Interpretation'. I also supervise third year dissertation students in Postcolonial Literature at Leeds Beckett University. Previously I taught on the modules 'Foundations of English' and 'Writing Critically'. Additionally, I am a self-employed private tutor for Masters, Undergraduate, and A-level students.
I co-directed Women's Paths Research Group. Our seminar series and symposium for 2017/18 focused on intersectional feminism and activism. We worked with eight local women's charities to create an impactful dialogue between academia and activism. We secured funding from five funding bodies within and beyond Leeds (including WRoCAH, the Leeds for Life Foundation and the Postcolonial Studies Association). I was President of the Black Feminist Society (17/18) creating a space to develop critical ideas and build networks for women of colour in academia.
- Conference Assistant for Memory and Performance in African-Atlantic Futures, University of Leeds (August 2018: paid role)
- Women of the Global South and its diasporas: Rights, Representation, Activism (June 2018). The international symposium was Women's Paths final 2018 event, organised by myself and three co-organisers.
- Women's Paths Roundtable discussion 'Doing Intersectional Feminist Work in Academia', Intersections & Academia Conference, University of Sheffield (June 2018)
- Curated a panel about postgraduate study for black students at Leeds University Student Union's Inspire, Learn, Lead Conference (January 2018)
I have presented my research at international conferences, including the 3rd Annual Black Feminism, Womanism and the Politics of Women of Colour in Europe (Berlin, September 2018), Memory and Performance in African-Atlantic Futures, University of Leeds (August 2018), Caribbean Women (Post) Diaspora: African/Caribbean Interconnections Conference, (London Southbank University, July 2018), 42nd Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies (University of London, July 2018), Postcolonial Studies Association Convention (University of London, September 2017) and several more.
In April 2018 I was invited to present my research project for the Inaugural Postcolonial Studies Research Exchange in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University.
My broader research interests include Caribbean literature; African literature; African-American literature; Postcolonial theory; contemporary English literature; feminist fiction, theory and activism; and Marxist theory.
- MA World Literature, University of Warwick
- BA English Literature, DeMontfort University