I am a third year Ph.D candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) University College London, and Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity (CSEE) at the Institute of Education (IOE). My work is centred around Black feminist theory, critical race theory and education equity. My research draws attention to prejudice, power and privilege within higher education providers, specifically within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments, and seeks to collectively form strategies and tactics to disrupt these prejudices. A fundamental aspect of my methodology is intersectionality and accessibility; my research is designed to be a theoretical complement to progressive social movements.
My research Interests include:
Black feminist theory
Space, place and identity
Critical race theory/ critical whiteness studies
Science capital and education equity
Sociology of mental health
My current research projects include working as a sociologist of education for the UCL office of the vice provost (research) on issues surrounding (in)equality, 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 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. Liberating the curriculum is the first step to achieving this.
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.
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 like to make art, brew beer, and build fixed gear bicycles, then ride them very fast...