Kate Nash BSc PhD

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sociology of human rights; cultural politics; political sociology; feminist theory; citizenship; social movements; equality and diversity

I did a Sociology degree at City University as a mature student, completing in 1990, and then a PhD in the Department of Government at Essex University, finishing in 1995. I've been teaching in the Department since 1999.

I am Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths, and a Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. In 2010 I was Visiting Professor at the New School for Social Research, New York and Vincent Wright Professor at Sciences Po, Paris.


I am currently convening and teaching on 'Constructing Human Rights' on the MA in Human Rights, Culture and Social Justice, a third year core course, and a third year option 'Citizenship and Human Rights'. I also teach on the first year core course 'Modern Knowledge, Modern Power'.

I am currently supervising or co-supervising the following PhD students:

  • Anisha Ahmed 'Emotions and Collective Action'
  • Miranda Iosoffidis 'Violence, politics, and agency' (ESRC Funded)
  • Ioulia Giovanni 'Postcolonial Theory and Greek National Identity'

I have co-supervised the following PhD students to completion:

  • Hilde Stephenson 'Making global publics? Communication and knowledge production in the World Social Forum' (ESRC funded) 2011;
  • Elisa Fiaccadori 'The War on Terror and the State of Exception' (ESRC Funded) 2011;
  • Laurence Pawley '“Constructing the Audience”: Manifestations of Citizenship in the BBC' (ESRC funded) 2009;
  • Jennie Munday 'Crisis in the Countryside? An Investigation of the Countryside Alliance as a Rural Social Movement' (ESRC funded) 2008;
  • Madeleine Kennedy McFoy 'Situated Citizenships, Routed Belongings: Learning and Living French and British Citizenship at School' (ESRC funded) 2007;
  • Francis R White 'British Indie Music In The 1990s: Public Spheres, Media and Exclusion' (ESRC funded) 2006;
  • Heidi Lempp 'Medical Education: the Transition from Student to Pre-registrar Doctor' 2004.

I am especially interested in supervising PhD students working on issues of cultural politics in relation to human rights, citizenship, social movements and media.


February 2012 - click HERE to listen to Kate Nash being interviewed about her research on BBC Radio 4

Research interests

I am currently finishing 'The Political Sociology of Human Rights' which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Selected publications

Number of items: 29.


Nash, Kate. 2013. Global Capitalism and Human Rights. Journal of Globalization Studies, 4(1), pp. 63-77. ISSN 2075–8103 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2012. Human Rights, Movements and Law: On not researching legitimacy. Sociology, 46(5), pp. 797-812. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2011. States of Human Rights. Sociologica, 1(n/a), pp. 1-10. ISSN 1971-8853 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2009. Between Citizenship and Human Rights. Sociology, 43(6), pp. 1067-1083. ISSN 0038-0385 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2008. Global citizenship as showbusiness : the cultural politics of Make Poverty History. Media, Culture and Society, 30(2), pp. 167-181. ISSN 0163-4437 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2008. The Pinochet case: cosmopolitanism and intermestic human rights. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-35. [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2007. The Pinochet case : cosmopolitanism and intermestic human rights. British Journal of Sociology, 58(3), pp. 417-435. ISSN 0007-1315 [Article]

Nash, Kate and Bell, Vikki. 2007. The Politics of Framing: An Interview with Nancy Fraser. Theory Culture & Society, 24(4), pp. 73-86. ISSN 14603616 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2007. Transnationalizing the Public Sphere: Critique and Critical Possibilities. Theory Culture & Society, 24(4), pp. 53-57. ISSN 14603616 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2006. Political culture, ethical cosmopolitanism and cosmopolitan democracy. Cultural Politics, 2(2), pp. 193-211. ISSN 1743-2197 ; e-ISSN 1751-7435 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2006. Dangerous rights: of citizens and humans. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-19. [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2005. Human rights culture: solidarity, diversity and the right to be different. Citizenship Studies, 9(4), pp. 335-348. ISSN 13621025 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2005. Towards a Critical Sociology of Human Rights. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-21. [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2003. Cosmopolitan political community : why does it feel so right? Constellations, 10(4), pp. 506-518. ISSN ISSN 1351-0487 ; Online ISSN 1467-8675 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2002. Human rights for women: an argument for 'deconstructive equality'. Economy and Society, 31(4), pp. 414-433. ISSN 0308-5147 [Article]

Nash, Kate. 2002. Thinking political sociology: beyond the limits of post-Marxism. History of the Human Sciences, 15(4), pp. 97-114. ISSN 0952-6951 [Article]


Nash, Kate. 2010. Contemporary Political Sociology: globalization, politics, power. Chichester, Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3075-5 [Book]

Nash, Kate. 2009. The Cultural Politics of Human Rights: Comparing the US and UK. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521618670; 9780521853521 [Book]

Nash, Kate. 1998. Universal Difference: Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of "Women". Basingstoke : Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-21004-3 [Book]

Book Section

Nash, Kate. 2012. Towards a political sociology of human rights. In: Kate Nash, Edwin Amenta and Alan Scott, eds. The New Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Chichester, West Sussex; Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 444-453. ISBN 9781444330939 [Book Section]

Nash, Kate. 2012. We are citizens of the world? In: , ed. Global Values in a Changing World. Amsterdam: KIT, 182--202. ISBN 978 94 6022 210 8 [Book Section]

Nash, Kate. 2009. Conventional and Contentious Politics. In: Kate Nash, Alan Scott and Anna Marie Smith, eds. New Critical Writings in Political Sociology. Ashgate , . ISBN 978-0-7546-2759-3 [Book Section]

Nash, Kate. 2009. Democratic human rights. In: Rhiannon Morgan and Bryan S Turner, eds. Interpreting Human Rights: Social Science Perspectives. Routledge , 87-103 . ISBN 978-0-415-48615-6 [Book Section]

Nash, Kate. 2007. Cultural Studies and human rights. In: Karin Harrasser, Sylvia Riedmann and Alan Scott, eds. Politik der Cultural Studies. Vienna: Turia und Kant , . ISBN 978-3-85132-445-7 [Book Section]

Nash, Kate. 2007. Out of Europe: human rights and prospects for cosmopolitan democracy. In: Chris Rumford, ed. Cosmopolitanism and Europe. Liverpool University Press , . ISBN 978-1-8463-1047-8 [Book Section]

Edited Book

Nash, Kate, Amenta, Edwin and Scott, Alan, eds. 2012. The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology. Chichester, Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3093-9 [Edited Book]

Nash, Kate, Scott, Alan and Smith, Anna Marie, eds. 2009. New Critical Writings in Political Sociology. Aldershot, Hampshire and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-2750-0 [Edited Book]

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