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Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation

Prof Shirley Anne Tate
Honorary Professor

Shirley Anne Tate is Professor of Race and Education at Leeds Beckett University; the first appointment of its kind in the UK. As a Cultural Sociologist, she is a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In her writing, research and teaching she draws on Black feminist, gender, critical ‘race’, queer, post-colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within her overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications.

Shirley's research interests include the body, ‘mixed race’, domestic and care work, beauty, Black intersectional identifications, migration, positive and negative affect, the culture of Britishness, food, ‘race’ performativity, decoloniality, transracial intimacies, skin bleaching/lightening/toning and the politics of skin. She has for some time been developing an area of work on racism's affects within the micro-practices of institutional racism which has an academic and practitioner/activist audience in South Africa, The USA, Brazil and the UK. Her 2015 book on decolonising skin bleaching in Black Atlantic zones has had a wide academic interest within the UK and South Africa.

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