Inside the Ivory Tower

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Inside the Ivory Tower: Narratives of Women of Colour Surviving and Thriving in British Academia

Publisher: Trentham Books | Publication Date: November 2017


This book places the perspectives, experiences and career trajectories of women of colour in British academia at the centre of analysis. It positions academia as a space dominated by whiteness and patriarchy where women of colour must develop strategies for survival and success amid raced and gendered discrimination. This book explores and analyses through Black feminist theory, how the experiences of women of colour in British academia are shaped by race and gender and how racism manifests in day to day experiences within faculties and departments, from subtle microagressions to overt racialised and gendered abuse. Presented as a selection of autoethnographies, the book touches on common themes such as invisibility, hypervisibility, exclusion and belonging, highlighting intersectional experiences.


Dr Deborah Gabriel

Senior Lecturer in Politics, Media & Communication at Bournemouth University & Founder & Director of Black British Academics

Professor Shirley Anne Tate

Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Beckett University


Professor Claudia Bernard

Professor of Social Work & Postgraduate Research, Goldsmiths University

Dr Jenny Douglas

Senior Lecturer In Health Promotion at the The Open University

Dr Ima Jackson

Lecturer in the School of Health & Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Josephine Kwhali

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University

Professor Heidi Safia Mirza

Professor of Race, Faith & Culture at Goldsmith College, University of London.

Dr Elizabeth Opara

Head of the Department of Applied & Human Sciences at Kingston University

Aisha Richards

Associate Lecturer in Art & Design at UAL; Founder & Director of Shades of Noir

Dr Marcia Wilson

Head of the School of Health, Sport & Bioscience, University of East London


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