Dr Carol Ann Dixon

Department of Geography

Research Associate


Carol gained her BA (Hons) in Geography and Philosophical Aesthetics from the University of Lancaster, followed by an MA (with Distinction) in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, prior to completing her doctorate in the Geography Department at the University of Sheffield – examining “The ‘othering’ of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices” (2016).

Since completing her Ph.D., Carol has worked on Arts & Humanities Research Council and Leverhulme Trust funded collaborative research projects at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham, each addressing aspects of Caribbean social history and cultural heritage. She was recently also a visiting academic at the University of Tampere, Finland, working with sociologist Dr Anna Rastas (Principal Investigator) on the Academy of Finland project “Rethinking Diasporas, Redefining Nations” (2015-2020), delivered in partnership with the Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

Research interests

Dr Carol Ann Dixon’s current research examines anti-racist and decolonial museographic policies, pedagogies and practices in Western museums and galleries and she has published a number of journal articles, scholarly essays and exhibition reviews that address these issues and themes in periodicals such as Race & Class, Museums Journal, Geography, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies and Soundings (Journal of Politics and Culture). She will be affiliated to the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield as a visiting academic until 2021 to work on two projects:

(1) ‘Museum Walks: Critical Perspectives on Race, Representation and Belonging’
(2) ‘Visibility and Validation: Museums and Galleries as Transformative Spaces for Re-imag(in)ing Blackness in Europe.’



  • Dixon C (2017) Freedom to Believe: A Caribbean Social and Religious History Resource. Edinburgh: Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Dixon C (2018) A Masquerade of Melancholia: Ten Women in Sunday Mo(u)rning Finery. [Exhibition Catalogue Essay] In Hylton R (Ed.), Eugene Palmer: Didn't it Rain Farnham: University for the Creative Arts, UCA (Farnham). RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Dixon CA (2017) The 'othering' of Africa and its diasporas in Western museum practices.. RIS download Bibtex download