I am currently in the third year of my PhD at the University of Oxford, studying at the Rothermere American Institute. My thesis explores the relationship between television news and the struggle for black freedom in the 1950s and 1960s. But it recognises that television news was a result of its social context as much as it contributed to the shaping of society. It goes beyond the final product of coverage to consider the interactions between television news and civil rights from all angles. I trace the complex interplay between what was shown on screen, the decisions made behind the scenes at every level to produce it, and how viewers at home both black and white reacted.
I am the co-founder and co-convenor of the 'Cultural Histories, Cultural Studies' seminar, a weekly seminar which explores the methodologies and theories relating to cultural studies across a range of disciplines. I was also the 2018-2019 Director of the Oxford Research Center in the Humanities (TORCH) Race and Resistance Network, a network which hosts weekly public events ranging from lectures, reading groups, and panel discussions, to book launches, networking events, and film screenings. Through this programme, Race and Resistance aims to provide a space that transcends disciplinary boundaries and the divide between the university and the city to connvect scholars, students, and local activists, enagaging with the rise of and resistance to racials hierarchies in Oxford and beyond.
I also hold a M.St. in U.S. History and a BA(Hons) in History from Oxford.