Dr Kavyta Raghunandan, Senior Lecturer

Dr Kavyta Raghunandan

Senior Lecturer

Kavyta is a Senior Lecturer in Race and Education.

She gained her first degree in Modern Languages, an MA in Gender Studies and received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Leeds. Her doctoral thesis explored the performativity of Indian raced and gendered identities in the postcolonial Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and was largely influenced by a black feminist ethnographic approach. Her teaching, writing and research interests lie in intersectional ways of thinking through race, gender and sexuality from multiple platforms whether academic, popular culture or social. Her work, so far, has been on the body, the politics of beauty, mixed race and South Asian cultural studies.

Currently, she is working on a deracialisation transnational project funded by the Swedish Research Council to counter the contemporary dynamics of racialisation across Sweden, South Africa, Brazil and the UK. Specifically, she is working on the context of South Africa. Specifically, she is working on the context of South Africa and she teaches Social Inequality: Childhood and Youth and Diverse Childhoods.

She is also Course leader for the newly launched MA in Race, Education and Decolonial Thought.

Current Teaching

Kavyta's teaching cuts across undergraduate and postgraduate levels and she teaches across Education Studies and Childhood Studies degrees, as well as contributing to undergraduate, masters, and Higher Research degree supervision.

Course leader for MA Race, Education and Decolonial Thought.

Module leader for (including teaching):

Level 5: Social Inequality and Social Policy
Level 6: Mixed-Race Lives
Level 6: Research Methods


Module leader for (including teaching):

Level 7: Decolonial Thought and Critical Race Theory
Level 7: Critical Ethnic Studies

Research Interests

  • Gender Studies
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Intersectionality
  • Popular Culture
  • Critical Mixed-Race Studies
  • South Asian studies
  • Caribbean
  • Digital Sociology
Dr Kavyta Raghunandan, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Gender
  2. Race
  3. Culture

Selected Outputs

  • Raghunandan KK (2016) Young People in the Digital Age: Metrics of Friendship. In: Punch S; Vanderbeck R; Skelton T ed. Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations. Geographies of Children and Young People.

  • Raghunandan K (2016) The Body Contours of Carnival: Mas-Playing and Race in Trinidad. In: Takhar S ed. Gender and Race Matter: Global Perspectives on Being a Woman. Emerald, pp. 193-212.