Leona Satchell-Samuels

Leona Satchell-Samuels


My research engages the unremitting question imposed on Blackness, as explicated by W.EB DuBois in his seminal work The Souls of Black Folk (1903), “How does it feel to be a problem?” Through a critical reading of Professor Barnor Hesse’s theory of Black fugitive thought, and escapology as Black routine, I re-envision Professor Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic as the digital space, in which the saga of the heroic Black subject continues to unfold. Here, Black consciousness is uploaded into the Digisphere in pursuit of the ultimate goal of Black liberation – disembodied and yet living through technology. 


I am a cultural sociologist in the field of (Digital) Black Studies. My research interests are Black love and feminist perspectives, Black radical thought, and Black Diasporic Aesthetics. As a writer, cultural critic and mental health advocate my work bridges the world of the healer and the academic. 

I received an MA in Race and Resistance from the University of Leeds. My thesis explored “Afropolitanism” as producing Black cultures not mediated by the Black Atlantic as a focal point, but rooted in other historiographies of diaspora.

I attended the University of Kent for my undergraduate degree in English & American Literature, with a focus in Black Feminist Thought. My dissertation addressed Black Feminist Revisionist practices.

I am a passionate educator and have taught on the following undergraduate modules at the University of Leeds:

  • Race, Gender & Culture
  • Identities, Inequality & Policy
  • Social Protest Movements
  • Formations of Modernity