I'm a full-time academic at Bournemouth University in the faculty of Media and Communication and during my academic career I have lectured in journalism, media, politics and corporate marketing communications. I am concerned with contributing to social change through the innovation of pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy and pride myself on creative thinking and embedding my philosophy of social justice and equality across teaching, research and professional practice. My research interests are focused around online political communication, political discourse, raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture, equality, inclusion and liberation in teaching practice and the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education. In addition to a full-time academic role I am the Founder and CEO of Black British Academics, an independent organisation working to enhance race equality across the higher education sector.
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 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 specialise in qualitative-interpretative research using critical paradigms, including critical race theory, Black feminism, cultural democracy, critical ethnography and autoethnography. I employ a range of research methods including focus groups, interviews and case studies. I also specialise in researching online spaces using virtual ethnography and cyberethnography.