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Research interests

Rap music has historically been criminalised and censored, including today in the context of UK Drill and the accusation that it is responsible for an epidemic of knife violence. My research challenges misunderstandings of rap and rappers, instead arguing it has a role not only in understanding violence, but providing possible solutions. I am primarily focused on psychosocial alternatives to the criminal justice system. 

My approach to research and my work more widely, is informed by decoloniality. I am interested in the relationship between academia and activism, and how participatory research, particularly related to audio and music, can disrupt academic hierarchies. 


Approach to teaching

Seminar lead for the following modules:

  • Punishment, Power and the State (Spring 2022, Brighton)
  • Theories of Crime (Spring 2022, Brighton)
  • Police and Policing (Autumn 2022, Sussex)
  • Thinking Like a Criminologist (Autumn 2022, Sussex)

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Psychoanalytic Studies, Birkbeck University of London


Award Date: 1 Nov 2018


  • M Music
  • rap
  • participatory research
  • HT Communities. Classes. Races
  • decoloniality
  • Criminology
  • abolition
  • BF Psychology
  • Psychoanalysis


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