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Department of Sociology


Prof Patrick Baert

Professor in Social Theory
Social and political theory; culture and politics; intellectuals; public intellectuals; intellectual history

Prof Brendan Burchell

Professor in Sociology
Social psychological effects of precarious employment and unemployment; Gender segregation; men’s and women’s life cycle and career

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Dr Filipe Carreira Da Silva

Fellow of Selwyn College

Social and political theory; citizenship studies; intellectual history


Dr Manali Desai

Reader in Sociology

Head of Department

Gender and sexual violence in urban and peri-urban India and South Africa; colonial rule and long-term development in India; class formation in India

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Prof Sarah Franklin

Professor of Sociology

'New kinship studies': the social study of new reproductive technologies; the cultural analysis of bioscience, biomedicine and biotechnology

Prof Jennifer Gabrys

Chair in Media, Culture and Environment

Digital technology, citizen data, environmental media, and emergent forms of political engagement

(Please note that Prof Gabrys is not currently accepting new MPhil students)

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Dr Stuart Hogarth

Lecturer in Sociology of Science and Technology

Science; technology; biomedical innovation; political economy of diagnostic innovation

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Dr Maria Iacovou

Reader in Quantitative Sociology

Director of Postgraduate Education

Family relationships; intra-household relationships; parenting and child development; quantitative research methods

Dr Hazem Kandil

Reader in Political Sociology

Director of MPhil Programme

Power relations in revolution, war, and regimes; realism and social theory; military sociology; ideology and the sociology of intellectuals; comparative history

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Dr Ella McPherson

Senior Lecturer in Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology

Director of Undergraduate Education

Symbolic struggles surrounding the media; methodological and reputational implications of using social media and related networks as data sources and dissemination tools


Dr Ali Meghji

Lecturer in Social Inequalities

Critical race theory, race and class, cultural sociology, decolonial social theory

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Dr Jeff Miley

Lecturer in Political Sociology

Comparative nationalisms, the politics of migration, religion and politics, and democratic theory

(Please note that Dr Miley is not currently accepting new MPhil or PhD students)

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Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

The lived experience of ‘race’ and racism; institutional racism; antiracism; critical race theory, feminist theory, beauty and emotions; photography and visual culture

(Please note that Dr Moreno Figueroa is not currently accepting new PhD students)

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Dr Véronique Mottier

Fellow of Jesus College

Social and political theory; historical and political sociology; gender, sexuality and 'race'; feminist theory; welfare states and social exclusion;
coerced sterilisation policies and child removal programs in the Western world; interpretative research methods

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Dr Darin Weinberg

Reader in Sociology

(on research leave until 2021)

Social theory; the sociology of science; sociology of health and illness; qualitative research methodologies



Teaching Associates

Dr Rikke Amundsen


Teaching Associate in Sociology

Social and technological risk, trust, mediated intimacy, neoliberalism, postfeminism, sociological approaches to power and ideology, the impact of modern technology on gender and sexuality, representation and speech act theory.

(Please note that Dr Amundsen is available to supervise MPhil but not PhD students)