Transforming the Ivory Tower

Models for Gender Equality and Social Justice


This new edited volume is centred on transformation in teaching, research, professional and community practice aimed at addressing race and gender disparities with a focus on tackling whiteness as a recurrent theme in Inside the Ivory Tower (IT1). This research is unique in providing case studies that highlight self-defined and negotiated pathways for race and gender equality developed by Black women and women of colour as change makers. It documents how the contributors navigate spaces that are sometimes hostile,  to create meaningful roles that contribute to social justice.

This volume draws on critical race theory, Black Feminism and participatory witnessing – an alternative research approach where women bear testimony, facilitating self-representation and co-theorising with the author. It brings new intersectional voices to the Ivory Tower project from the USA, Canada and Australia and from LGBTQ perspectives, whilst maintaining continuity in highlighting the transformative work of some of the contributors to IT1.

This research is significant in highlighting the often-unacknowledged contributions to the knowledge economy and wider society to advance race and gender equality and the narratives privilege the lived experience, intellectual, social and cultural capital of women of colour.

Table of Contents

Editor: Dr Deborah Gabriel

Contributors (Writers): 

Dr Deborah N Brewis

Dr Sadhvi Dar

Dr Angela Martinez Dy

Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Ima Jackson

Dr Josephine Kwhali

Dr Helena Liu

Dr Elizabeth Opara

Dr Udeni Salmon

Contributors (Featured): 

Virginia Cumberbatch

Aisha Richards

Prof. Shirley Anne Tate

Publisher: UCL Press

Publication Date: 1st June 2020