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Kadian Pow

Lecturer in Sociology and Black Studies, Birmingham City University

Dr Kadian Pow is a Jamaican American ex-pat anthropologist-cum-sociologist living in Britain. She is a lecturer in Sociology and Black Studies at Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences. She has been published in three critical volumes: The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence (2018); Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender and the Politics of Representation in Scandal (2019); and A Fan Studies Primer: Method, Research and Ethics (2021).

Dr. Pow's areas of interest include popular culture, television, social media and fan studies, the socio-political nature of Black hair, and Black feminism(s). She is also the founder and Managing Director for Bourn Beautiful Naturals, which makes solutions-based products for Afro textured hair and sensitive skin.


  • 2021–present
    Dr. Kadian Pow, Birmingham City University


  • 2023
    (forthcoming) Stories of Black Female Identity in the Making: Queering the Love in Blackness, Lived Places Publishing
  • 2022
    "Intersectional Blackness and Curatorial Poaching on Tumblr", Blackness at the Intersection: Intersectionality and the Black Diaspora
  • 2021
    "Scandalous Black Feminine Gaze(s): Critically Engaged Ethnography and Intersectional Fan Praxis on Tumblr, Fan Studies: Method, Research, Ethics
  • 2019
    "Insider/Outsider: Olivia Pope and teh Pursuit of The Erotic", Gladiators In Suits: Race,Gender, and The Politics of Representation in Scandal
  • 2018
    "'Be Exactly Who You Are': Black Feminism in Volatile Political Realities", The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence