Bolaji received his PhD (passed with no corrections) in Sociology from the University of Leeds and previously held a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Fellowship at Krakow University of Economics, Poland where he was a lecturer at the department of European Studies. In 2020, Bolaji moved to the University of Sheffield to take up another Leverhulme Trust Fellowship as an Early Career Fellow at the Department of Geography. Bolaji’s research focuses on Blackness and Racialisation in Central and Eastern Europe. As well as his academic outputs in this area, Bolaji has written for academic media outlets such as the Sociological Review Blog; Open Democracy, LSE Blogs, Discover Society, Baltic Worlds, and The Muslim News. Bolaji also serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of academic journals.