Dr Imaobong Umoren's research interests, publications, and teaching focus on histories of race, gender, activism and political thought in the Caribbean, Britain and the US focusing on the modern and contemporary period. Dr Umoren's first book Race Women Internationalists: Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles (University of California Press) won the 2019 Women’s History Network Book Prize. Dr Umoren's research has been supported by numerous bodies including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Library of Congress, the British Academy, the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Leverhulme Trust.
She is currently at work on two new book projects. The first is a trade book exploring the long interconnected relationship between Britain and the Caribbean tentatively titled Empire Without End: A History of Britain and the Caribbean which received the 2020-2021 British Library Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writer's Award. The second is a political biography of Eugenia Charles, the former prime minister of Dominica.
Dr Umoren studied at King's College London and the University of Oxford, serving as a postdoctoral fellow at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Pembroke College before taking up her post at the LSE in 2017.
In 2017-2018 and 2019-2020, Dr Umoren received the LSE Excellence in Education Award.
Dr Umoren welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral students on topics related to European colonialism and US imperialism in the Caribbean, race and gender in the modern African diaspora especially the Caribbean, Britain and the US, and the history of political ideas.
‘“We Americans are not just American citizens any longer”: Eslanda Robeson, World Citizenship, and the New World Review in the 1950s’, Journal of Women’s History (forthcoming)
‘Anna Julia Cooper’s A Voice from the South (1892): Black Feminism and Human Rights’ in D. Davies, E. Lombard, and B. Mountford, (eds.), Fighting Words: Fourteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World (Oxford: Peter Lang forthcoming)