While I am primarily a literature scholar, my research has always been at the intersection of cultural and media studies. The University of Brighton actively promotes academic citizenship and fosters ‘belonging’ to a community of scholars. Since joining the University in 2012, I have been awarded a Research Conference Grant which enabled me to present my current research at a major international conference. I also attended the first ECR research conference, which offered some very useful sessions on career development and information on funding opportunities for ECRs.
My research interests are in contemporary Black British and post-communist literatures, particularly as they relate to the representations of ‘old’ and ‘new’ migrants and citizens, identity and (un)belonging. I examine these works in the context of social and political changes in Britain and the expanded Europe of the 21st century.
My current research focuses on the representations of the so-called ‘New European’ migrants from post-communist ‘Eastern Europe’ in British fiction, film and media. I am also co-organizing a conference on Black British women’s writing at the University in July 2014.