Professor Shirley Tate
About Professor Shirley Tate
As a Cultural Sociologist, Professor Tate 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 and writing so far has been on the body, Black beauty, ‘critical mixed race’ and the nation, domestic and care work, beauty, Black identity, positive and negative affect, pain, anti- Black racism in organizations, food, ‘race’ performativity, decoloniality, transracial intimacies, skin bleaching/toning/lightening and the politics of skin.
Professor Tate's research interests include the body, ‘mixed race’, domestic and care work, beauty, Black intersectional identifications, migration, 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.
Professor Tate has supervised students working on:
- bodies, gender and the nation
- sexual harassment in Pakistan
- refugee women’s identifications
- identities and Caribbean feminisms
- trafficking in women and the sacred
- breast cancer in Egypt
- embodied worship in Jamaica
- South-South marriage migration from Cameroon
- racial homonormativity and sexual citizenship
- Latinidad, salsa and Europeaness
- Nigerian queer identities
- domestic and care work in Italy
- professors in historically black colleges and universities in the United States
- the politics of black Twitter
- mixed race males experiences of the education system in the UK and USA
Professor Tate would be interested in supervising students wanting to work on topics in herresearch areas outlined above.
Shirley's research interests include the body, ‘mixed race’, domestic and care work, beauty, Black intersectional identifications, migration, affect, the culture of Britishness, food, ‘race’ performativity, decoloniality, transracial intimacies, the Anglophone Caribbean, the cultures of skin, race intersections and institutional racism.