The Team

Rianna Walcott – Director and Co-Founder

Dr Rianna Walcott is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Black Communication and Technology Lab in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on Black British identity presentation in social media spaces, investigating if and how discourse varies in different contexts with different demographics, and how social network services — and their attendant harms — impact how Black users express themselves.

LAHP alumna with a PhD from King’s College London researching Black British identity formation in digital spaces, Rianna combines digital work, Black feminist praxis, decolonial studies, arts and culture, and mental health advocacy in her work, with a deep commitment to outreach work and public engagement.  Rianna frequently writes about race, feminism, mental health, and arts and culture for publications including The Wellcome Collection, The Metro, The Guardian, The BBC, Vice, and Dazed. Rianna is co-editor of an anthology about BAME mental health – The Colour of Madness (2022), and in the time left over, she moonlights as a professional jazz singer. Find her on X @rianna_walcott, or on her website, riannawalcott.com

Chloé Locatelli – Managing Director

Dr Chloé Locatelli is a Visiting Researcher at Digital Humanities Department, King’s College London. Her doctoral research looked at constructions of femininity in sextech and their posthuman potential. She completed her MA in Gender Studies with the Erasmus+ Programme at Universidad de Granada and University of Bologna. She has carried out fieldwork in Japan as well as collaborative research at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, and she has published articles for the Journal of Digital Social Research (2022), Current Sexual Health Reports (2022), and contributed to the Springer publication “Maschinenliebe” (2021).

Maïa Walcott – Communications Coordinator and Art Director

Maïa Walcott is a Social Anthropology graduate from the University of Edinburgh. She is a multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, painting, illustration and photography. Her works have been exhibited widely, from publication of paintings on the Wellcome Collection’s website, multiple illustrations with Project Myopia, an exhibition of her photography at Jupiter Artland and being hired as photographer for vibrant photo exhibitions such as The I’m Tired Project and Celestial Bodies.

Rodeane Henry-Grant – Outreach Manager

Ro is a former educator. Having taught MFL and The International Baccalaureate, she is currently a PhD student at the University of London. As a ludologist, Ro explores the convergences of artivism, storytelling & games, culture and language learning within educational settings. Her contributions include publishings for Pearson‘s Permission to Speak series, and a contribution to Aisha Thomas’ book Representation Matters. In addition to her academic pursuits, Ro remains dedicated to education, actively a member of No More Exclusions and a co-founder of CARE: The Coalition of Antiracist Educators.

Veronica Vivi – Editor

Veronica is a recent graduate from ‘MSc Literature and Modernity: 1900 to the Present’ at the University of Edinburgh. After completing her undergraduate degree in Italy, she fell in love with Scotland and decided to stay. Her academic interests focus on contemporary literature and in particular feminist writing and activism through the arts.

temi lasade-anderson – Editor

temi lasade-anderson is a tech policy advocacy strategist and LAHP/AHRC PhD candidate at Kings College London. temi works with various civil society organisations and organised with senior MEPs on European digital rights and AI. Her research interests are digital intimacy, race, gender, and digital culture, and digital diaspora. In her PhD, she uses critical social theories such as intersectionality and Black feminist thought to examine and centre epistemologies and experiences of Black women on the Internet. She blends her academic work + tech policy expertise at alaàṣẹ lab, a Black feminist critical internet project.

Katya Zabelski – Editor

Katya Zabelski recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an undergraduate degree in Art History. Her final year dissertation focused on the appropriation of Ukrainian folk art symbols in Soviet propaganda, where she focused on issues around class, national identity, and political resistance in art. She used this dissertation to highlight the importance of challenging assumptions by researching and elevating suppressed or erased narratives. Katya is also the co-editor in chief at Radical in Progress, an educational website that focuses on providing free and accessible study guides on must-read social justice literature.

Jess Hannah – Editor

Jess Hannah recently completed a PhD in English at University College London, where her research focused on narrative authority and authoritarianism in the novels of post-war writers in Britain such as Brigid Brophy, Sam Selvon, Muriel Spark, and Christine Brooke-Rose. She is currently undertaking a research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is working on a project on surveillance and post-war politics considered in terms of the architecture of airports and public toilets in the 1960s, and another on country music.

Ruby Fatimilehin

Ruby Fatimilehin is an editor and writer based in London. She graduated from the University of Leeds with an undergraduate degree in English Literature. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of black women within the Rock Against Racism movement. Ruby is currently Assistant Editor at Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House UK, where she works across all books on the imprint list. As part of her role, she is the series editor for the Black Britain: Writing Back series, focused on republishing seminal backlist writing by black British authors. Find her on Twitter @RubyFatimilehin

Priyanjana Das

Priyanjana Das is a doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh specialising in Indian
diaspora literature which explores female identities in late twentieth century Indian diaspora
literature drawing conclusions supporting the argument that they remain enmeshed within the
ideas of home. She is an enthusiastic, adaptive, and hard-working person with a broad interest
in postcolonial and diaspora studies that enable a stronger interaction with the student, staff,
and the larger cross-cultural community within her institution. She intends to extend her
knowledge within the academic and educational sector and promote a diverse, culturally
charged, healthy learning and teaching experience.

Catherine Kelly

Catherine Kelly is a PhD student at King’s College London. Her research focuses on queer, lesbian and trans feminist print cultures in the United States between the 1950s and the 1970s, tracing the development of communication networks from an informal queer grapevine to feminist publishing institutions. Along with her academic work, she is involved in prison and border abolitionist organising across various collectives including SOAS Detainee Support, a grassroots group that campaigns against the UK’s border regime. You can find her on twitter @cathnicath

Malak Abdelkhalek

Malak Abdelkhalek is a Comparative Literature PhD student in the department of Languages,
Literatures, and Cultures at King’s College London. Her research looks at literary and artistic
periodicals of the late twentieth century in Egypt to understand the relationship between
avant-garde literary production and political engagement. Malak is interested in researching
South-South relations, leftist political thought, the avant-garde, as well as anti and
postcolonialism.