Darren is a Lecturer (Teaching) on the UCL Arts & Sciences (BASc) programme. He is an affiliate at the UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation. Prior to this, he taught for a number of years on the BA Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education. He taught in primary schools for over twenty years and continues to work with schools on policy, curriculum and pedagogy. He has a MA in Education from Goldsmiths College, and a BA (Ed) from Exeter University.
Darren’s doctoral research focuses on education, philosophy for children, multiculturalism and racism. He has published academic work on philosophy, education, racism, dialogue, children’s literature and hip-hop culture.
He co-edited Critical Philosophy of Race and Education and has co-edited special issues of Wasafiri, Ethics and Education, and Global Hip-Hop Studies.
Darren writes also for general readers. He is a contributor to the bestselling book, The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla (Unbound). He is co-author, with Adam Ferner, of How To Disagree: Negotiating Difference in a Divided World (Quarto). Darren is lead editor of Welsh (Plural): Essays on the Future of Wales (Repeater). He writes, with Karen Sands O’Connor, a regular column for Books for Keeps on the representation of racially minoritised people in British children’s literature. A book based on the columns will be published by the English Media Centre in 2024.
For younger readers, Darren co-authored, with Jeffrey Boakye, What Is Masculinity? Why Does It Matter? And Other Big Questions (Wayland) and contributed to The Mab: Eleven Epic Stories from the Mabinogi edited by Matt Brown and Eloise Williams.
Darren is module convenor for BASC0032 Critical Race Theory.