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Dr Stephanie Davis (she/her/dey/dem) is a scholar-activist with a background in Psychology and interest in intersectionality - race, gender and sexuality; activism; critical community psychology; critical pedagogies; and decolonising academia and psychology. 

Her doctoral work explored the intersections of race, gender and sexuality; subjectivity; the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ and feeling 'queerly raced' for queer and trans people of colour activists in the UK. This will be published as a monograph with Routledge in 2021 as a part of the new Transforming LGBTQ Lives book series edited by Prof Katherine Johnson and Prof Kath Browne. Dey are interested in further developing findings from the PhD research which focus on decolonising gender, activism, and QTPOC mental health.

Stephanie is currently a Research Officer on the NIHR funded Queer Futures 2 project which explores mental health support for LGBTQ youth in the UK and how this can be improved. 

 

Scholarly biography

Stephanie Davis is a Research Officer on the NIHR funded Queer Futures 2 project at the University of Brighton exploring mental health support for LGBTQ youth in the UK and how this can be improved. Her own research is grounded in Critical Psychology drawing on black feminist, post-colonial and queer theory to explore questions of intersectionality - race, gender, and sexuality and subjectivity. Previously Stephanie has held the position of Lecturer at the University of Brighton and University of East London.

Dr Davis was awarded a BSc (Hons) Human Psychology at Aston University in 2009. She then undertook a part time MSc (Hons) Critical Psychology by Research at Manchester Metropolitan University developing her interests in feminist and critical community psychology, graduating with a Distinction in 2012. Alongside the MSc Stephanie worked in an educational, community development and activist capacity in sexual health prevention with young people in Salford and Black Minority Ethnic communities in Manchester; and on issues facing the local community such as police harassment and sexual and gender diversity. In 2013, she co-founded Rainbow Noir, a social support and organising space for queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC) in Manchester. She was awarded a full studentship to undertake her PhD at the University of Brighton in 2013. The thesis ‘Being A Queer and/or Trans Person of Colour in the UK: Psychology, Subjectivity and Intersectionality’, explored the intersections of race, gender and sexuality; subjectivity; the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ and feeling 'queerly raced' for QTPOC activists in the UK. Stephanie was awarded her PhD in June 2017. During the completion of the PhD Stephanie held a position as a Lecturer at the University of Brighton from 2016-2017. Stephanie was then a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East London from 2017-2019. She is currently developing her PhD into a book with Routledge as part of the new Transforming LGBTQ Lives book series edited by Prof Katherine Johnson and Prof Kath Browne.  

Supervisory Interests

Dr Davis has supervised BSc and MSc dissertations. She is interested in supervising research on intersectionality - particularly race, gender and sexuality; decolonising (particularly trans/gender and sexuality); blackness; identity formation and subjectivity; African and indigenous spirituality and trans/gender/sexuality; creative methodologies; LGBTQ youth; and activism.

Approach to teaching

Dr Davis has taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Inspired by bell hooks’ ‘education as the practice of freedom’ she strives to create learning environments with students that encourage openness, dialogue, debate, and critical thinking. Stephanie is interested in applying psychological theory to ‘real life’ problems that students and their communities may be grappling with, particularly regarding social inequalities. She is particularly passionate about supporting and improving the experiences of Black, of colour and first generation students in the academy. As a scholar-activist she is excited by the possibilities of working both within academia and beyond its boundaries.

Dr Davis is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was the invited speaker for the Critical Pedagogies Annual Lecture 2019.

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