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Dr Luke de Noronha

Lecturer

Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Across his research, writing and teaching, Luke de Noronha is concerned with the relationship between racism and the government of mobility. His work provides critical interventions into debates surrounding ‘race’ and migration in the British context, and he is particularly interested in connections between the legal production of ‘illegality’ and processes of racialisation, between the law and racist culture. To examine these questions, he has focused on the UK’s deportation practices, and his book Deporting Black Britons: portraits of deportation to Jamaica was published in September 2020 with Manchester University Press. This ethnographic monograph tells the life stories of four men who grew up in the UK, were banished to Jamaica following criminal conviction, and now struggle to survive and rebuild in the Caribbean.

Luke has written for the Guardian, Verso blogs, VICE, Red Pepper, Open Democracy, The New Humanist, and Ceasefire Magazine. He has also produced a podcast with deported people in Jamaica, Deportation Discs, a riff on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, in which deported people tell their stories via their life's soundtrack. 

Luke is currently working on two co-authored book manuscripts. The first, Empire’s End Game: Racism and the British State is written collaboratively with seven other scholars, was published by Pluto Press in February 2021. The second, provisionally titled Against Borders: Towards a politics of border abolition is written with Gracie Mae Bradley, and will be published in Spring 2022 with Verso Books. Luke is on the editorial board for the Sociological Review.