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Department of Sociology



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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

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

Dr Julieta Chaparro Buitrago

Dr Julieta Chaparro Buitrago

Lecturer in Sociology
Fertility studies; decolonial feminisms; reproductive justice; Latin American studies
Dr Manali Desai

Prof Manali Desai

Professor of Comparative and Historical 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

Dr Stuart Hogarth

Lecturer in Sociology of Science and Technology

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 Sazana Jayadeva

Dr Sazana Jayadeva

Associate Professor in Sociology

Education and inequalities; class and language; student mobilities and social media, with a regional focus on India and Europe.

Dr Hazem Kandil

Prof Hazem Kandil

Professor of Historical and 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

Dr Diana Kudaibergenova

Dr Diana Kudaibergenova


Unestablished Assistant Professor in Political Sociology

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

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

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

Dr Jeff Miley

Dr Jeff Miley

Lecturer in Political Sociology

(on leave until 2022)

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

Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa

Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa


Associate Professor in Sociology

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

Director of Undergraduate Education

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

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