Dr Elias’s research interrogates the place of religion in race equality campaigns, anti-racism activism, and black liberation movements in 1960s Britain, and their relationship with the American civil rights movement and South African anti-apartheid movement. She is developing a book project that examines the transnational connections between these movements, and the ways that religious organisations and the migration and movement of people, money and ideas played a significant role in anti-racism activism in Britain. Her research also explores the unique place London had in the black Atlantic, as both metropole and the site of overlapping diasporas from the Caribbean, Africa and South Asia, and the place of religion in the construction of languages of political blackness and transnational political formation in Britain.
Dr Elias welcomes proposals for postgraduate research projects, and is keen to support emerging scholars. She encourages students to get in touch by email to discuss their project ideas on the cultural or social history of Britain and the Atlantic world from the early 20th century to the recent past. Dr Elias specialises in Black British histories, the modern history of religion, the history of media and propaganda, radical history and public history.