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 'Thinking Sociologically' at MA level, 'Theorising Contemporary Society', 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:

  • Miranda Iosoffidis 'Violence, politics, and agency' (ESRC Funded)
  • Jen Bufton ‘LGBT rights as human rights’


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;
  • Rachel White 'Gender Exclusion from the Indy Public Sphere' (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 writing a book, The Sociology of Human Rights, for Cambridge University Press.  It is proving challenging.  Contributing to the emerging sociology of human rights means thinking about human rights ‘beyond legalism’ – that is beyond fetishisation of ‘the rule of law’.  In part it requires investigating the conditions and limits of law.  But it also involves conceptualising the political, social and cultural forms in which uses of human rights are developed, gain credibility, and are (usually partially and often controversially) institutionalised.  A big part of the challenge is that, if human rights is a global project (for good or ill), to study human rights means becoming a reflexively situated ‘global sociologist’.  Developing tools to analyse what human rights ‘do’ in very different local, national and international contexts is demanding conceptually and empirically.  

Selected publications

Number of items: 28.


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 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. 2007. The Pinochet case : cosmopolitanism and intermestic human rights. The British Journal of Sociology, 58, pp. 417-435. ISSN Print ISSN 0007-1315 ; Online ISSN 1468-4446 [Article] (Submitted)

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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