Diana Olaleye

Diana Olaleye

PhD researcher

Department of Media and Communications

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Key Expertise
Black feminism, Black livelihoods and subjectivities

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Project Title

The Neoliberal Politics of Black Women’s Self-Help: Sisters, Suggestions, and Systems

Research Topic 

Diana's doctoral research is a critical analysis of the production and consumption of black women’s self-help books in the Anglo-American sphere. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of self-help books written by black women for black women. Underpinned by social theory and black feminist thought, her research aims to critically explore this cultural formation and its social implications. This research project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).


Diana holds a BA in Politics from King’s College London and an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as an analyst in a technology research firm and as a higher education administrator with varied responsibilities in research impact, postgraduate admissions, and widening participation. She has an overarching interest in cultural criticism, black studies, and the sociology of consumption.  


Professor Shani Orgad and Dr Simidele Dosekun

Expertise Details

Black feminism; Black livelihoods and subjectivities. Ethnography; Feminist media studies; Gender and labour; Racial capitalism; Sociology of consumption


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