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Dr Henghameh Saroukhani

Assistant Professor in Black British Literature

Assistant Professor in Black British Literature in the Department of English Studies+44 (0) 191 33 44740


I joined the English Department in September 2022 after having taught at Saint Mary’s University in Canada as an Associate Professor in Black Atlantic Literatures and Cultures. I completed my PhD at the University of Leeds, supported by an international fully-funded research scholarship (FFIRS), and have previously taught at the University of British Columbia, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University.

I am currently working on three book-length projects. The first – near completion – is a monograph on the cosmopolitics of twenty-first-century black British literature and visual culture. The book excavates legacies of disavowed cosmopolitan thinking entangled within the creative and theoretical history of black British studies, more generally. The second project is based on my continuing archival work surrounding the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948. This research was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (2021-2023) and traces a global history of the ship through new materialist approaches. Lastly, I am in the early stages of a co-written book on immigration law, notions of documentality and experimental global migration literatures.

I am also the Reviews Editor for the postcolonial journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature.


I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students who have an interest in any of the following areas:

  • Black British and Black Atlantic Literatures and Cultures
  • Literatures of Migration
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • New Materialisms
  • Autotheory
  • Dub and Performance Poetry


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