Dr Kennetta Perry

Job: Director, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Reader in History

School/department: School of Humanities

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7182

E: kennetta.perry@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry serves as Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University where she is also a Reader in History.

Prior to her appointment at De Montfort, she was an Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the African & African American Studies Program at East Carolina University in the USA.

Dr. Perry received B.A. degrees in History and Political Science at North Carolina Central University and obtained a PhD in Comparative Black History at Michigan State University.

She has been awarded research fellowships with the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African & African American Studies at the University of Virginia; Duke University’s Department of History and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Her research interests include Black British history, transnational race politics, Black women’s history, archives of Black Europe, and anti-racist movements for citizenship, recognition and social justice throughout the African Diaspora.

She has published widely, including a book-length study on Afro-Caribbean migration to Britain following World War II titled London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford Press, 2016).

Currently, she is researching histories of state-sanctioned racial violence and the relationship between the decline of the welfare state and the expansion of the carceral state in Britain during the second half of the twentieth century.

Research group affiliations

Stephen Lawrence Research Centre

Research interests/expertise

Black British History

Race, Racism and Empire

Transnational Race Politics

Black Europe: Europe and the African Diaspora

Race, Migration and Citizenship Black Women's History

Areas of teaching

Black British History

Black Atlantic History

Black Europe

Black Women's History

African and African American Studies


B.A. History & Political Science (Magnum Cum Laude), North Carolina Central University PhD, Comparative Black History, Michigan State University

Membership of professional associations and societies

Association of Black Women Historians

North American Conference of British Studies

American Historical Association

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


"David Oluwale and the Alchemy of Policing Blackness in Britain" (book-length study)

"The Archive of Black Life in Britain and the Architecture of State Power" (book-length study)

"Black Beauty and the Archive: Studio Portraiture, Gender and the Image of Postcolonial Black Britain" (article-length study)

"Angela Davis on Trial in the British Press" (article-length study) Textures of Blackness in the Midlands Archiving Project

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Dr Kenetta Hammond Perry, Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester
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