Dr Aasiya Lodhi

Dr Aasiya Lodhi

I joined Westminster in 2013 following sixteen years as a BBC producer specialising in arts, documentary and foreign affairs programming at Radio 3, Radio 4 and World Service (including Front Row, Night Waves, Open Book, The Verb, Crossing Continents). My educational background is in Literature (BA York, MA SOAS), and my PhD (Sussex) examined the relationship between colonial ideology, writers and mid-twentieth century BBC Radio. I am a Trustee of the Charles Parker Archive and an Associate of the Stuart Hall Foundation.

I'm interested in cultural and political histories of twentieth-century Britain, especially as revealed through post-war radio, writers and the mediation of imperial legacy. I have written on the history of radiogenic forms, particularly features, and with Amanda Wrigley I co-edited Radio Modernisms: Features, Cultures and the BBC (Routledge).

My research is increasingly concerned with fostering public engagement on questions of race, gender and class through the interrogation of media archives. I am the Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded project 'Reclaiming a Lost Past: Black British Women, Visibility and the BBC', tied to the BBC's centenary in 2022 and in partnership with BBC History, the Feminist Library, the podcast Letter To A Black Girl, and the Young Vic Theatre.

  • Communication and Media Research Institute

PI, Reclaiming a Lost Past: Black British Women, Visibility and the BBC