Dr Brady received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham in May 2021. She is interested in the activist function of photography within social movements and the ways in which photography, gender and race intersect. Her doctoral thesis explored the role of Black women photographers in the Civil Rights Movement. During her time as a JRF Dr Brady aims to turn this research into a monograph, and hopes to curate an exhibition of photography at Christ Church. She is also developing a new project which interrogates how intersectional identities manifest in iconic photographs of the Civil Rights Movement.
Dr Brady has published work on civil rights photographer Doris Derby, and has forthcoming publications that explore themes related to motherhood, networks, and photographic self-representations. She is passionate about outreach initiatives and hopes to continue her work encouraging students to attend university. She also hopes to cultivate networks for Early Career Academics through her role as ECA Rep for the British Association of American Studies.
- “"Shutterbug?": African American Women Photographers and the Politics of Self-Representation” in special series “In The Round: Producing and Consuming the Image of the Female Artist,” Panorama, forthcoming August 2023.
- ““I Like To Make Pictures of Children”: African American Women Photographers as Mothers, Protestors, and Businesswomen,” in Lesly Deschler Canossi and Zoraida Lopez- Diego (eds.) Black Matrilineage, Photography, and Representation: Another Way of Knowing (Leuven University Press, October 2022)
- ““I take the pictures as I see them”: Doris Derby as Photographer, Womanist, Community Organiser and Activist in the Civil Rights Movement,” Journal of American Studies, February 2022