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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 writing. The book excavates legacies of disavowed cosmopolitan thinking and alliance-making entangled within the creative and theoretical history of black British studies, more generally. The second project is based on years of archival work around the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush in 1948. Using archival documents, this research traces a more complicated, global history of the ship through new materialist approaches. This project has been supported by two funding bodies: a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (2021-2023) and a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2024-2025). The third book, which draws on my Windrush research and is in its early stages, engages with immigration law, notions of documentality and experimental global migration literatures.

I am also a Board Member and 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
  • Windrush Writing
  • Documentality
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • New Materialisms
  • Autotheory
  • Dub and Performance Poetry


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