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Dr Stephanie Davis



Dr Stephanie Davis is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. Her research interests include the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and critical community psychology.

Stephanie Davis
  • Stratford Campus
    School of Psychology
    Arthur Edwards Building
    Water Lane
    E15 4LZ

    Dr Stephanie Davis gained her BSc (Hons) Human Psychology at Aston University in 2009. She then undertook a part time MSc Critical Psychology by Research at Manchester Metropolitan University developing her interests in feminist and critical community psychology, graduating with a Distinction in 2012. During this time, she worked in a community development and activist capacity in sexual health prevention with young people in Salford and Black Minority Ethnic communities in Manchester and other issues facing her local community such as police harassment and sexual and gender diversity. In 2013, she co-founded Rainbow Noir, a social support and organising space for queer and trans people of colour (QTPOC) in Manchester. Stephanie was then awarded a full studentship to undertake her PhD at the University of Brighton in 2013. Her thesis ‘Being A Queer and/or Trans Person of Colour in the UK: Psychology, Intersectionality and Subjectivity’, explored the intersections of race, gender and sexuality; subjectivity and the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’ for QTPOC activists in the UK. This drew on critical community psychology alongside black feminist, post-colonial and queer theory. She was awarded her doctorate in June 2017, passing her viva with no corrections.

    Stephanie has taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Inspired by bell hooks’ ‘education as the practice of freedom’ she strives to create learning environments with her students that encourage openness, dialogue, debate, and critical thinking. Stephanie is interested in applying psychological theory to ‘real life’ problems that students and their communities may be grappling with, particularly with regards to social inequalities. As a scholar-activist she is excited by the possibilities of working both within academia and beyond its boundaries.


    Stephanie's research interests include:
    • Critical Community Psychology
    • LGBTQ psychology; ‘Race’ and Psychology
    • Black Feminist, Post-Colonial and Queer Theory
    • Psychosocial Studies
    • Queer and Trans People of Colour (QTPOC)
    • Intersectionality and Race, Gender, Sexuality
    • Subjectivities
    • Activism, conflict, abuse and transformative justice
    • Social inequalities
    • Critical pedagogies
    • Phenomenology, qualitative and creative research methods


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    Davis, S.(2018). Queer and Trans People of Colour Activism and the Black Lives Matter Movement: Resisting the silences on the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. In Z. Trodd (Ed.) Black Lives Matter: The Past, Present, and Future of an International Movement for Rights and Justice. Oxford University Press.