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Professor Anna Traianou
Anna has researched and published extensively on curriculum, policy and pedagogy and on qualitative research methodology, particularly on the situated character of social/educational research ethics.
Her recent books include ‘Ethics in Qualitative Research: Controversies and Contexts’ (Sage, 2012) co-written with Martyn Hammersley, and ‘Austerity and the Remaking of European Education’ (2019, Bloomsbury Academic) co-edited with Ken Jones.
Dr Yael Gerson
Dr Yael Gerson is a researcher lecturer in Sociology and Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Yael writes about gender and digital cultures with a focus on indigenous and activist communities, with a focus on the Latin American context.
Professor Rosalyn George
Rosalyn George is a Professor of Education and Equality. She is a tutor on the MA: Culture, Language and Identity and leads the module on Masculinities and Femininities. Rosalyn is also the Director of the research Centre for Identities and Social Justice.
Dr Betty Liebovich
Betty is a lecturer and tutor in Early Years Education and teaches on the Primary PGCE course, MA Education, and Education, Culture and Society degrees. She also teaches and tutors for the PhD programme in the Educational Studies Department.
Anna Grant is a lecturer in Education, teaching on the Primary PGCE across a range of subjects, as well as supervising students on school placements. She also works as an academic tutor for Secondary Maths and runs the Year 2 Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages module for the BA in Education, Culture and Society.
Dr Anna Carlile
Anna’s areas of research and teaching cluster around social justice and institutional prejudice (particularly on the basis of class, race, and homophobia, biphobia, or transphobia), youth voice and creative practice, inclusion, social policy and special educational needs.
Having joined the Department in September 2008, she has taught across all programmes in the department. She is now Head of Department.
Dr Sarah Pearce
Sarah joined the Department in 2003 having taught in primary schools for eleven years. Since then, she has developed her early interest in teaching and learning in ethnically diverse classrooms work to teach and research issues of race, racism, whiteness, cultural diversity, teacher agency and teacher research.
She is currently researching the impact of recent policy making on attitudes to Islam in schools.
Professor Farzana Shain
Farzana joined Goldsmiths in January 2020 as the George Wood Professor in Education. Before starting her academic career, she taught A level Sociology at Newcastle-under-Lyme College of Further Education and also worked for a brief period for Victim Support in London.
Farzana took up a lectureship at Keele University in 1999 and was awarded a personal chair as Professor of Sociology of Education in 2013. At Keele, Farzana directed the Centre for Social Policy research between 2015 and 2019 and she also led the ‘Tackling Inequalities’ research theme within Keele’s Institute for Social Inclusion from 2018 until she left in December 2019.
Dr Liz Morrison
Liz is Head of the Secondary PGCE programme and teaches Secondary Science.
Dr Andrew Wilkins
Andrew Wilkins is Reader in Education Policy and Director of Research in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a policy sociologist interested in education policy, comparative education and education governance.
Dr Aminul Hoque
Dr Aminul Hoque MBE is a lecturer in the Educational Studies Department at Goldsmiths College. Aminul gained his doctorate from Goldsmiths College in 2011, and his research forms the basis of his book British Islamic Identity: Third Generation Bangladeshis from East London (2015). The book is an in-depth ethnographic study of young Bangladeshis from East London examining areas of cultural, linguistic, national, religious and gender identities.
Dr Natacha Kennedy
Natacha Kennedy joined Goldsmiths in 2007 as a lecturer and teaches on a range of programmes across the Department of Educational Studies. She is currently finishing a PhD in sociology at University College London.
Sue Dixon joined Goldsmiths in 2007 as the Head of Initial Teacher Education. During 2013 to 2016 she held a seconded post as an Associate Pro Warden with a remit for teaching and learning and the Head of the Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLIC).
Professor Ken Jones
Ken Jones’ work focuses on education policy and the conflicts around it.
Among his books are ‘Education in Britain’ (Polity 2015) and, co-edited with Anna Traianou, ‘Austerity and the Remaking of Education in Europe’ (Bloomsbury 2019 forthcoming).
Some of his publications can be accessed Academia.
Currently, he works for the National Education Union on policy for curriculum and assessment.
Professor Len Platt
Len Platt is Professor of Modern Literatures at Goldsmiths.
He has published widely on modernist literary culture, especially on the works of James Joyce and on contemporary culture in various genres and technological forms.
His major interest is in the politics of text and the ways culture performs in politically strategic ways.
He is also a leading expert on early musical theatre and the exchange and transfer practices that made it a characteristic culture of conservative popular modernism at the fin de siècle.
Dr Pia Pichler
Dr Pia Pichler is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Programme Convenor of the MA Sociocultural Linguistics in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since joining Goldsmiths in 2004, Pia has dedicated herself to promoting linguistics and, in particular, the study of language, society and culture at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Pia’s research focuses on the discursive construction of intersectional identities in the spontaneous talk of young people, in particular on intersections of language and gender with social class, ethnicity and race, but also on indexicality, humour, double-voicing and authenticity. Pia’s work frequently crosses disciplinary boundaries, as for example in a recent project on the construction of Black fatherhood in the spontaneous talk of young southeast London men. She has written extensively on the talk of young British women, including London public schools and British Bangladeshi girls.
Dr Kirstin Lewis
Before that she was a teacher, senior manager and Literacy Consultant in the London borough of Lambeth and also managed various multi agency ‘Narrowing the Gap’ projects.
She was also a Raising Achievement Research manager working with various Local Authorities to explore barriers faced by different community groups in the education system and ways in which they might be overcome.
Her work explores how ‘race’ and social class shape children’s experiences in the education system.
Dr Thomas Zacharias
Since completing his PhD in 2014 Thomas has been lecturing on the BA Education, Culture and Society and the MA Race, Culture and Education, and convening the undergraduate modules ‘Culture and Identity’ and ‘Race and Representation in Popular Culture’. He is a member of the Centre for Identities and Social Justice, and the Migration Research Network at Goldsmiths.
Thomas’s research interests are ‘race’ and racism, the production of difference in political discourse and (post-)coloniality and diaspora identities.
Laura teaches across programmes in the Educational Studies Department, including BA Education, Culture and Society, the Primary PGCE and the Doctoral Research Training course.
Her current research focuses on pedagogy, counter politics and subjectivities.
She draws on a range of poststructuralist and psychoanalytic perspectives to theorise the micro politics of classroom practice; exploring the possibility of everyday pedagogic interventions to disrupt the normative discourses and practices perpetuating educational inequalities.
Dr Sheryl Clark
Sheryl Clark is a researcher and lecturer in the field of educational studies with interests in gender, sport, identities, youth, schooling and girlhood. In particular, Sheryl’s research makes use of qualitative methods working with children and young people in schools and other physical activity settings.
Sheryl’s work draws on poststructural perspectives to consider processes of social identification in relation to learning, gender and achievement in schooling and other contexts. Her work critically interrogates the discursive effects of health and achievement codes on children and young people’s embodied subjectivities with particular attention to social inequalities.
Since completing a Cert Higher Ed in Dance Teaching (Royal Academy of Dance, 2005) and a PGCE in Secondary English Teaching (Goldsmiths, 2007), Camilla has taught in secondary schools and colleges around inner London. In 2018 she completed her doctoral thesis at Goldsmiths.
This research critically explored dance and voice-based pedagogies as forms of resistance against institutional racism and sexism experienced by young black women in an inner-London college. This work has gone on to form the basis of WeMove Dance C.I.C., a collective of critical educators, dance artists, therapists and young people working towards social change based in North London. Camilla coordinates this programme alongside her teaching and research.
Visiting Research Fellows
Veronica is the Head of the MA Education: Culture, Language and Identity Programme. She is the convenor for the MA module Race, Culture and Education. She has taught on the undergraduate BA: Education, Culture and Society, as well as being a pastoral tutor for students on that pathway.
Veronica also leads on the Primary PGCE Maths course and the Maths in Action research/school-based enhancement module. She acts as a supervising tutor for PGCE School Direct and Provider-led students.