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Department of Sociology

Notice: For postgraduate applicants considering their potential supervisors, please consult the list of supervisors' availability.

University Teaching Officers

Prof Patrick Baert

Professor in Social Theory

Director of Research
Social and political theory; culture and politics; intellectuals; public intellectuals; intellectual history

Prof Brendan Burchell

Professor in Sociology

Precarious employment and mental health; job quality, gender and wellbeing; digital work; the advantages of shorter working hours

Dr Manali Desai

Prof Manali Desai

Professor of 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

Professor Sarah Franklin

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

Science and technology studies (STS), digital media, political ecology, environmental justice, participation

Dr Stuart Hogarth

Associate Professor in Sociology of Science and Technology

Director of MPhil

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

Dr Maria Iacovou

Prof Maria Iacovou

Professor in Quantitative Sociology

Director of Postgraduate Education 

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

Dr Hazem Kandil

Prof Hazem Kandil

Professor of Historical and Political Sociology

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

Dr Ella McPherson

Dr Ella McPherson

Associate Professor in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology

Technology and human rights; media and culture; digital sociology; the construction, evaluation and contestation of truth-claims

Dr Ali Meghji

Dr Ali Meghji

Associate Professor in Social Inequalities

Director of Undergraduate Education (Easter Term 2024)

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

Dr Jeff Miley

Dr Jeff Miley

Lecturer in Political Sociology

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

Prof Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Professor in Sociology

Director of Undergraduate Education (Michaelmas and Lent Terms 2023-24)

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

Dr Darin Weinberg

Prof Darin Weinberg

Professor in Sociology

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



Temporary Teaching Officers

Dr Ned Crowley

Newton Trust Academic Career Fellow in Political and Economic Sociology – with Gonville and Caius College

Dr Meredith Hall

Teaching Associate in Media and Culture

Dr Scarlet Harris

Teaching Associate

State racisms; 'race' and racialisation; social movements and anti-racisms; policing and police/prison abolition.

Dr Luke Hawksbee

Teaching Associate in the Political Economy of Biomedicine

Dr Diana Kudaibergenova

Unestablished Assistant Professor in Political Sociology

Nationalism; state and regime theory; ideology; democratization; power

Dr Nomisha Kurian

Teaching Associate in Digital Sociology

Dr R Sánchez-Rivera

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Supervision Co-ordinator

Dr Matthew Sparkes

Assistant Professor in Sociology

Social class, financialisation, political economy