The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre team

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.

Kennetta tweets at @KennettaPerry

Dr Lisa Palmer, Deputy Director SLRC

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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 PicMonica 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

Sherilyn2Sherilyn 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.

Shikha Chopra, Research Assistant


Shikha has a BA History degree from De Montfort University and has previously worked as a Research Assistant for an academic publication, due to be published, entitled ‘Witnessing Existence: Reporting the Siege of Sarajevo’ by Professor Kenneth Morrison and Dr Paul Lowe.

Although her work and academic studies have centred around the Bosnian War and the Srebrenica genocide she is interested in genocidal studies and the negative impact of colonialism. She is due to start a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in September 2020 studying for an MSc in History of International Relations.

Outside of working and studying Shikha loves to read and writes a blog called Unfolding Pages which reviews books. - @unfoldingpages_ on Instagram and WordPress.

She tweets at @shikhachopra_

Academic affiliations

Dr Amina Easat-Daas


Dr Amina Easat-Daas earned her PhD at Aston University, Birmingham, UK and studied Muslim women’s political participation in France and Belgium. She is an Early Career Academic Fellow in the department of People, Politics and Place at De Montfort University, Leicester. Before joining De Montfort University Amina worked in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds within the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies on the EU funded Counter-Islamophobia Kit project.

Her research interests include the study of Muslim political participation, Muslim women, Muslim youth, Islamophobia and creatively countering-Islamophobia in Europe, gendered dimensions of Islamophobia, and ‘European-Islam’. In her capacity as an emerging Islamophobia studies specialist, she has been invited and has presented her research findings to the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, the Carter Center (USA), and the OSCE-ODIHR among others and has appeared on national and international media on numerous occasions to discuss Muslim current affairs.

Her forthcoming publications include her monograph EASAT-DAAS, A., 2020. Muslim Women’s Political Participation in France and Belgium. (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke)

Dr Christopher Roy Zembe

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Dr Christopher Roy Zembe is a Lecturer in History at De Montfort University. His research interests are the history of migration, colonial and post-colonial legacies, Black British History and the African diaspora. His published work consists of: a book entitled Zimbabwean Communities in Britain Imperial and Post-Colonial Identities and Legacies ; a Chapter entitled Quest for a Cohesive Diaspora African Community: Reliving Historic Experiences by Black Zimbabweans in Britain in a book on ‘New Perspectives on Black British History’; and an article in the Journal of Migration History entitled Migrating with Colonial and Post-Colonial Memories: Dynamics of Racial Interactions within Zimbabwe's Minority Communities in Britain.

Chris has also been involved in organising ‘History Matters’ Conference aimed at exploring why there are few history students of African or Caribbean heritage in British education institutions.

His Twitter handle is @czed1970

Shardia Briscoe-Palmer, Early Career Academic Fellow

Shardia Briscoe-Palmer is an early career academic fellow at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom. Shardia’s research specialisms intersect across the politics of gender, race and social injustices. She currently teaches within the Leicester Media School a second-year module on Race and Media, exposing the discriminative and influential nature of the industry.

Shardia has a 15-year employment history working with young people and the community. Employed previously in project management, Shardia has experience working on issues including knife crime and gang culture, gender-based violence, child exploitation, sex and relationships, deprivation and more.

Shardia is completing her doctorate at the University of Birmingham in political science and international studies. Her research focus explores the politics of black masculinity whilst (de)constructing postcolonial identities. Shardia’s research interests also include academic diversity and inclusivity challenges faced by minority groups within higher education. She is a strong advocate on why and how race and its intersections must be addressed adequately in the discipline.

She can be found at: or via Twitter @ShardiaBPalmer

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