Lana L. Ajlani
Thesis title: The Sonic Evolution of 20th-Century African American Protest Poetry
Pursuing a PhD in literature with an emphasis on the oratorical and sonic power of African American literature — whether artistic forms of expression or on political platforms.
In parallel to academic research, I pursue a career in content marketing, currently working within sustainability and e-commerce.
Current - PhD Candidate - University of Edinburgh - English Literature - studying the evolution of African American poetic sound through artistic and political movements
MSc (Distinction) - University of Edinburgh - US Literature, Cultural Values from Revolution to Empire - Dissertation: “The Right Spark”: Mapping the Evolution of Black and White Syntax in the Selected Speeches of Malcolm X (1961-1965)
BBA - American University in Dubai - Marketing, Minor in Literature
Centered around rhetoric, lexicon, and sound, most of the research explores the power and impact of vocal expression — whether through poetics, literature, or oration. This also extends into African American literature, 20th-century US history, non-fiction and life writing, as well as war novels and poetry.
Current research interestsCurrently specializing in African American poetry and the Civil Rights Movement.
June 2022 - HOTCUS Conference - Edinburgh, UK - Presenting the findings of my MSc dissertation on the evolution of Malcolm X's vernacular, sound, and tone resulting from a shift in his political views.
Self-Defense through Sound in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen
Canadian Review of American Studies | Volume 51, Issue 2 | ‘21
As a contemporary multimedia poem, the paper studied Rankine’s oscillation between poetry and prose to sonically and visually reflect racist micro- and macro-aggressions.