Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director SLRC
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.
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 African 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-crafted racial violence in the UK and completing a book manuscript tentatively titled, David Oluwale’s Britain: A Political History of Black Life, Race and the State.
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Dr Lisa Palmer, Deputy Director SLRC
Dr Lisa Amanda Palmer is the Deputy Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. She was the former Course Director for the Black Studies undergraduate programme and Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University.
Lisa is a qualified librarian and previously worked for Birmingham Libraries and Archive Services for many years. She has a keen interest in working with local archive collections, specifically, the Vanley Burke Archive held at the Library of Birmingham.
Her research focuses on Black feminism, Black cultural politics and the intersection of race, racism, gender and sexuality. Her writing covers a broad spectrum of fields including the gendered politics of lovers’ rock music, the production of local community archives and the misogynoir faced by Black women in British public life. She is the co-author of the book Blackness in Britain (2016) and is currently writing her book on Black women in the UK’s lover’s rock reggae scene.
Monica Barrett, Programmes and Operations Manager
Monica Barrett has a breadth of experience in overseeing administrative operations and implementing new systems to enable a team to work both efficiently and seamlessly.
She continues to learn the ins and outs of University operations, having worked as a Research Assistant on a cross-cultural study on the attainment gap at the University of Greenwich and having supported the Dean of the School of Business at the University of Leicester, before joining De Montfort University to work for the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre in 2018.
Monica has also worked internationally in the United Arab Emirates overseeing the administrative operations of a company, and has put her humanitarian efforts into practice to find and clear unexploded ordnance off the coast of Iraq.
Monica holds a BSc in Psychology with a focus on cultural identity and when she is not exuding passion for discussions surrounding race, identity and social justice, she is widening her perspectives through exploring cultures through travel and remaining grounded by getting back to nature, with most recently trekking through jungles and hiking volcanos in Central America.
Sherilyn Pereira, Public Engagement Manager
Sherilyn Pereira has had a long-standing career in Communications, Marketing and Public Relations (PR). Her early career in international fashion PR set the pace for an exciting career in New York where she worked as PR to the newly divorced Ivana Trump and a number of high-profile clients. She also held PR positions at the Metropolitan Opera and Cambridge University’s US Development Office - her entry point into the Higher Education sector.
Sherilyn was a member of DMU’s Communications Team before joining the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre in January 2019, with a focus on developing the public face and professional profile of the centre, which she now manages through delivery of an exciting public engagement programme. She is also co-chair of DMU’s BAME Network.
Sherilyn juggles her role while studying for an MSc in Advertising and Public Relations Management. Her work is enhanced by her passion for race, identity and social justice issues that are debated on a nightly basis with her large ‘team’ at home.
Sajidah Ali, Administrative Coordinator
Sajidah Ali is an administrative and operations professional with over 6 years’ experience working in the third sector and Higher Education. She brings to this role strong experience in programme and project administration. She has worked both internationally on projects in Bosnia, nationally in Westminster and locally with communities in Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester. Driven by her commitment to social justice and community empowerment, Sajidah is keen to continue learning through her role at SLRC and contributing towards creating a more open, equal and progressive society.
She holds a BA in International Relations and a Diploma in Project Management.
Sajidah is also an independent social researcher and freelance writer, with core interests in amplifying voices within Muslim communities. Outside of work but not separate from her interests, Sajidah enjoys understanding new cultures through food and literature.