Shirley Anne Tate, PhD, MPhil, MA, BEd (Hons)

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept



My research interest can be broadly located as Black feminist decolonial diaspora studies. I have an intersectional perspective and my publications have been in the areas of intersectional institutional racism, affect, hybridity, creolization, beauty and Black anti-racist aesthetics, 'race' performativity, Black/white mixed-race lives and the “race”d and gendered body in enslavement and freedom. I have been developing Black feminist decolonial thought over a number of years drawing especially on Caribbean decolonial thinking. This has emerged over a range of publications including commissioned book chapters, an international distinguished speaker lecture, keynotes and other invitations to speak in the UK, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, South Africa, Brazil and the USA.   

My international academic leadership on the topic of intersectional institutional racism, decolonization and antiracism in universities spans more than a decade.

I have been UK Co-I and lead of the UK research team on two European Social Fund funded transnational comparative projects: 

1/‘Housework and Caretaking: Strategies of Reconciliation and Conditions of Employment with a Focus on Gender and Migration. A Comparative Study with partners in Spain, Germany and Austria.

2/ ‘Welfare to Work in a Migration Society’ with partners in Spain, Austria and Germany. 

I am currently CO-I on the Swedish Research Council funded transnational project Principles and Practice in Approaches to De-racialization: Countering the Contemporary Dynamics of Racialization in Brazil, South Africa, Sweden and the UK (2017-2020) in which I am the lead researcher on South Africa.

I am PI on the Newton Fund/ British Council funded Researcher Links project Higher Education and Societal Transformation: Decolonisation and Racial Equality (2019-2020) with a Co-PI in Brazil. 

I was also a member of the AHRC funded Network African Caribbean Women’s Mobility and Self-fashioning in Post-diaspora Contexts (2017-2019) with members from Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the UK and am currently a member of the decolonial feminist network Understanding Local Entanglements of Global Inequalities: Socio-cultural Transformation and Decolonial Thought with colleagues from Germany and Trinidad and Tobago. 

I am currently Honorary Professor in the Chair in Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET) at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa (appointed in July 2018), Visiting Professor in the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland (appointed September, 2018 for 3 years renewable) and Visiting Professor in the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, UK (appointed July 2019 for 3 years renewable). I was also a Visiting Professor and Member of the Board of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State South Africa (2014-2018) and in November -December 2013 in the Department of International Law and Human Rights (Gender and Peace) at the UN University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica.  


I currently teach SOC580-A1 Colonialism, Postcolonialism and Globalization and SOC301-B1 Sociology of Gender 


SOC 402 - Topics in Sociology

Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of the instructor. Note: Consult the Department for any additional prerequisites. Course may be taken more than once if topic(s) vary.

Fall Term 2021
SOC 580 - Colonialism, Post-colonialism and Globalization

Fall Term 2021

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