I am a third year Ph.D candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) University College London, and the Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity (CSEE) at the Institute of Education (IOE). Centred around Black feminist theory, critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, and Black queer studies, my research addresses institutional racism, and white supremacy in UK higher education providers, with a specific focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments. My work seeks to collectively form strategies and tactics to disrupt a racist academy. A fundamental aspect of my methodology is accessibility and academic activism; my research is designed to be a theoretical complement to progressive social movements.
My research Interests include:
Black feminist theory (particularly Black feminist affect)
Critical Race Theory
Critical Whiteness Studies
Bodies, Space, & Proximity
My current research projects include working as a sociologist of education for the UCL office of the vice provost (research) on issues surrounding (in)equity, and epistemic injustices in the production of knowledge within academia. My literature review (entitled ''diversity' in academia and research an intersectional approach') is part of a much larger project concerning UCL's equality research strategy. I [stubbornly] push the thesis that "diversity" and "inclusion" should not be superfluous add-on's, rather that we, as insiders, must tackle a prejudice education system at its core. Decolonizing the curriculum is but one step to achieving this.
I am a member of the ‘Decolonise STEM Collective’. A group of academics, activists, and practitioners, engaged in the creation of action lead, theoretically informed, strategies for robustly unpacking he landscape of STEM. The collective has an understanding that ‘empire’ and ‘whiteness’ are multifaceted, and as such intertwined with, and embedded in, other supremacist frameworks of control - such as patriarchy, heteronormativity, ableism, and the ‘Other’ - all of which contribute to a scientific rationality that facilitates and reproduces a colonial mindset.
I am also co-chair of the feminist science and technology studies reading group. A try-weekly space that explores intersectional feminist literature, and discusses how feminist theories and values can be applied to science and society. In light of the current transphobic climate, I will be very clear in saying that TERFS are not welcome to attend this group.
Outside of academia I am engaged with the NGO sector. Prior to beginning my PhD I spent two years in the Middle East and North Africa working on projects surrounding psychosocial care, and access to education for women and children from displaced groups. I remain heavily involved in this area, and return to both Lebanon and Egypt as frequently as I can.
Furthermore, I work with Egyptian director Haytham Fathy producing socio-cultural documentaries. Our past work has focused on the reality of Palestinians living and working in Gaza, and the problem of finding a voice as an ‘Other’ in Egyptian society. Our current project explores identity and representation in Cairo's Queer community.
Finally, I blog (openly and honestly) about the everyday reality and felt experience of living with a chronic mental illness. The aim of which is to break down stigma, address sainsim, and take seriously our crumbling mental health system.
I obtained my Master of Arts at King's College London (philosophy) and my Bachelor of Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London (fine art).
In my downtime I skateboard, hard.