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Mx Kylo Thomas
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  • Research Assistants
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education
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I am a scholar activist based at University College London (UCL). My work is centred around Black feminist affect, abolition justice, transgender studies, and science and technology studies. I believe that the politics of love, anger, community care, and accountability are fundamental to creating a just and liberatory society.


My PhD focuses on institutional racism and heteropatriarchal White supremacy in UK higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The project is a result of a collaboration with seventeen Black women from PhD to professor, who have shared their felt experiences of existing and resisting in the White, cis-male, classed, space of STEM. Informed by theoretical frameworks of resistance such as Black feminist affect, critical race theory, and abolition justice, this research is unapologetic in confronting the reproduction of White carceral logic in the academe, and how this reproduction is constructed and maintained through ‘ordinary’ acts of racism, sexism, surveillance, and control. The project intends to create a care web where resources can be developed, revised, and shared so as to collectively imagine strategies to dismantle, change, and build HE STEM for Black women, and by result support and uplift all those who fight to survive under the carceral eye of higher education, STEM, and society more generally.


In tandem, I am a research fellow on the ‘Making Spaces Project’ (UCL IoE). The project explores equitable and transformative practice in Makerspaces for young people from marginalized communities. The research seeks to disrupt the material-based approach commonplace in makerspaces, so as to encourage and enable one of effective pedagogy, community support, and mutual empowerment with and for young people. The research celebrates standpoints, perspectives, and ways of knowing that have historically been pushed to the side-lines. As such, we seek to reorientate the practices of making, and the technologies made, away from the reproduction of heteropatriarchal White supremacy, towards liberation and empowerment.


Finally, I am co-founder of the ‘Decolonise STEM Collective’, a global group of activists, academics, practitioners, artists, and community organisers addressing coloniality, privilege and power, in and around STEM. 

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