Professor Alan Rice Director
Professor of English and American Studies

Alan is a researcher in the cultures of the Black Atlantic from the eighteenth century to the present. This interdisciplinary research is undertaken across a range of subjects including Literature, Visual Arts, Film and History.

Lubaina Himid MBE
Professor / Director

Himid’s research is undertaken within the context of contemporary art in and of the black diaspora. Questions about the level of recognition or celebration of the contribution made by artists to cultural landscapes internationally are central to the project.

Dr Theresa Saxon
Principal Lecturer in Transatlantic Theatre

Theresa is a researcher in theatre culture across America and the Transatlantic, with specific interest in stagings of gender and race.

Dr Raphael Hoermann
Senior Research Fellow

Raphael came to the field of Black Atlantic Studies through his research on the socio-revolutionary discourse during the Age of Revolution. His work focuses on the legacies of the Haitian Revolution for the Black Atlantic and its detractors.

Dr. Yvonne Reddick
Fellow in Modern English & World Literatures

Yvonne’s research focuses on the way literature engages with environmental issues, and especially the environmental and human impacts of colonialism and its aftermath. Her background is in British environmental writing, and her current project focuses on literary presentations of Africa’s river environments and their people.

Susan Walsh
Research Fellow in Contemporary Art

Susan’s research focuses on how creative interventions into the archive can enable hitherto hidden cultural contributions to be made more visible, thus opening dialogues between artists, historians and communities

Christine Eyene
ADP Guild Research Fellow

Conducts and publishes internationally leading research on the art of the Black Diaspora, devising and leading innovative curatorial projects which investigate how museums and collections can work collaboratively with contemporary artists to address diverse audiences for visual art in Britain and internationally.

Dr. Izabella Penier
Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow

Izabella specializes in Black diasporic literature and culture. Her work particularly focuses on the transformations that African American studies have recently undergone due to critical interventions from global frameworks of analysis such as postcolonialism, British cultural studies, Black Atlantic and diaspora studies. Currently she does research on Black British and African American literature and visual arts of the 1980s.

Dr Astrid Haas
Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow

Astrid specialises in travel writing and autobiography of the Americas, African Diaspora and Latinx Studies, Gender, and Science Studies. Herr current research project explores Black-authored autobiographies from the wider Age of Revolutions (1760-1860) and their articulations of Black mobilities across the Americas.

Dr Nicole Willson
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow

Nicole’s research focuses largely on the transgenerational legacies of the Haitian Revolution and, more broadly, on articulations of resistance across the Black Atlantic from the age of slavery to the present. She is interested, in particular, in recovering the often forgotten, silenced and mediated stories of women of colour.