Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Shirley Tate

Associate Professor

I am particularly interested in exploring the intersections of 'raced' and gendered bodies,  'race' performativity, ‘mixed race’ and decoloniality within the Black Atlantic diasporic context.

My first book Black Skins, Black Masks: Hybridity, Dialogism, Performativity was focused on 'race' performativity, ‘mixed race’ and on going beyond hybridity theorising.

My second book Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics looks at beauty within the Black Atlantic diaspora as affect-laden, performative 'race' work that continues to impact on identities and communal politics but which is continuously being deconstructed and reshaped through stylization.

Research Interests

I am interested in intersectionality so I draw on feminist, gender, critical ‘race’ and post colonial theory.

My research interests include the body, ‘mixed race’, domestic and care work, beauty, Black identity, migration, affect, the culture of Britishness, food, ‘race’ performativity, decoloniality  and  transracial intimacies.


I currently teach on the following MA courses:
- 'Race', Identity and Culture in the Black Atlantic
- Global Genders

My undergraduate teaching is on the course ‘Gender, Race and Culture’

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

I would be interested in supervising students interested in postcolonial studies, transnational cultural studies, racism and ethnicity, the body, beauty, ‘mixed race’.

Key Publications


Tate, S.A. (2005) Black skins, Black masks: hybridity, dialogism, performativity. Ashgate.

Tate, S.A. (2009) Black Beauty: Aesthetics, Stylization, Politics. Ashgate.

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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