Balqis Mohammed

PhD Scholar | University of Manchester | 2022 - 2025

I am an Education Studies (BA) and Social Research (MA) graduate and currently a 1st year PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University in the school of Childhood, Youth and Education studies. I am grateful and fortunate to have been awarded a Stuart Hall Foundation/ WRDTP studentship. I am truly honoured to be a part of the Stuart Hall Foundation network, to benefit from the resources available and to have an opportunity to contribute to the network. For me, the work of Stuart Hall continues to be a source of inspiration to examine and make visible racial inequality. My current research title is “Addressing racial injustice through History education: Black teachers’ perspectives on decolonising and diversifying.” I aim to investigate how Black History teachers perceive the potential of diversifying initiatives (e.g., expanding reading lists) compared to decolonial methods which challenge hegemonic power. Through co-production, we will co-adapt an analytical tool for race analysis to produce a new resource to help teachers address racial inequality in the curriculum. 

Beyond my project, I have previously worked as a research assistant for the Research Centre for the Study of Race and Racism at Manchester Metropolitan University. I co-presented at the Researching Heritage Symposium (2021) and co-led a session as part of a week-long intensive reading seminar (2021) at Manchester Metropolitan University.