Race, ethnicity and racism; black/postcolonial radical intellectualism; sport in relation to race and racism and culture and aesthetics.
I rejoined the department in 2005 having previously been at Goldsmiths in 1999-2000. In the intervening years I was Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol and Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
I have extensive experience of coordinating undergraduate admissions and am committed to widening participation and supporting the entrance of ‘non-traditional’ students with academic potential into higher education. I am currently Director of Undergraduate Programmes within the department and teach on all three years of undergraduate study. I contribute to the first year courses ‘Critical Readings: The Emergence of the Sociological Imagination’ and ‘Modern Knowledge/Modern Power’, co-convene the second year core course unit ‘Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences’, and convene the third year option ‘“Race”, Racism and Social Theory’. I also teach an MA option, ‘Race, Politics and Ethics’.
Areas of supervision
I welcome applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students in any of my teaching and research areas.
My research interests crystallise around three intellectual agendas: the conceptual and practical status of race, especially in relation to the epistemological, ontological, political and ethical formations of racial eliminativism; the possibilities of progressive left politics with regard to building affirmative, emancipatory political projects; sociology of sport in relation to i) the methodologies of bio-cultural racial description and explanation as articulated through a rhetoric of culturalist racism and ii) the cultural and aesthetic significance of sport as an enchanted popular art form.
I am an editorial board member of new formations and Ethnic and Racial Studies journals
Rethinking Race, Politics and Poetics: C. L. R. James's Critique of Modernity
St Louis, Brett. 2007. Rethinking Race, Politics and Poetics: C. L. R. James's Critique of Modernity. Routledge. ISBN 0415957729
After ‘68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Politics
Campbell, Kirsten and St Louis, Brett, eds. 2008. After ‘68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Politics.
Post-Marxism, black Marxism and the politics of sport
St Louis, Brett. 2009. Post-Marxism, black Marxism and the politics of sport. In: Ben Carrington, ed. Marxism, Cultural Studies and Sport. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 109-129. ISBN 978-0-415-37541-2
Racialization in the "zone of ambiguity"
St Louis, Brett. 2005. Racialization in the "zone of ambiguity". In: Karim and S. John, eds. Racialization: Studies in Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press, pp. 29-50. ISBN 0199257035
On the necessity and the impossibility of identities: the politics and ethics of "new ethnicities"
St Louis, Brett. 2009. On the necessity and the impossibility of identities: the politics and ethics of "new ethnicities". Cultural Studies, 23(4), pp. 559-582. ISSN 0950-2386
After '68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Political Projects
Campbell, Kirsten and St Louis, Brett. 2008. After '68: The Left and Twenty-First Century Political Projects. New Formations, 65, pp. 7-18.
The difference sameness makes: Racial recognition and the 'narcissism of minor differences'
St Louis, Brett. 2005. The difference sameness makes: Racial recognition and the 'narcissism of minor differences'. Ethnicities, 5(3), pp. 343-364. ISSN 14687968
Sport, genetics and the `natural athlete': The resurgence of racial science
St Louis, Brett. 2003. Sport, genetics and the `natural athlete': The resurgence of racial science. Body & Society, 9(2), pp. 75-95. ISSN 1357034X