Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Shirley Tate

Associate Professor in Race and Culture

As a Cultural Sociologist I am a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In my writing, research and teaching  I draw on Black  feminist, gender, critical ‘race’,  queer, post colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within my overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications.

My 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 and skin.

Research Interests

My 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 and the cultures of skin.


I currently teach on the following MA module:

  • Race, Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic

My undergraduate teaching is on the following modules:

  • Race, Gender and Culture
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies

PhD Supervision

I now supervise students working on:

  • bodies, gender and the nation
  • sexual harassment
  • refugee women’s identifications
  • identities and Caribbean feminisms
  • trafficking in women and the sacred
  • breast cancer
  • embodied worship in Jamaica
  • migrant women, families and remittances
  • racial homonormativity and sexual citizenship
  • Latinidad and dance
  • 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.

I would be interested in supervising students wanting to work on topics in my research areas outlined above.

Key Publications


Black women’s bodies and the nation: Race, gender and culture . Palgrave (2015)=

Caribbean Racisms: Connections and complexities in the racialization of the Caribbean region (with Ian Law). Palgrave (2015).

Creolizing Europe: Legacies and transformations (co-edited with E. Gutierrez Rodriguez). Liverpool University Press (2015)

Black beauty: Aesthetics, stylization, politics. Ashgate (2009).

Black skins, black masks: Hybridity, dialogism, performativity. Ashgate (2005).

Book chapter

Tate, S.A. (2007) ‘Black Beauty Meets Feminisms’  in Marina Grzinic and Rosa Reitsamer (eds.), New Feminism: Worlds of Feminism, Queer and Networking Conditions. Vienna: Loecker Verlag (English)

Journal Articles

Tate, S.A. (2007) ‘Foucault, Bakhtin, Ethnomethodology: Acounting for a Hybridity of the Everyday’, FQS 8(2).

Tate, S.A. (2006) Politiken der Vereinbarkeit verqueren oder „...aber hier putzen und pflegen wir alle. Heteronormativität, Einwanderung und alte Spannungen der Reproduktion. (with Luzenir Caixeta, Encarnacíon Gutíerrez Rodríguez and Cristina Vega Solís). In: Kurswechsel. Zeitschrift für gesellschafts-, wirtschafts- und umweltpolitische Alternativen. Heft 2

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