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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anna Grant

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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).

James Titley

James is a lecturer in Education, he currently leads the PGCE Primary Partnership and is a course tutor on the Primary PGCE, SCITT programme, MA in Education: Culture, Language and Identity and BA (Hons) Education Studies programme.

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).


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.

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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. 


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. 

Laura Teague

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. 

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. 

Camilla Stanger

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.  

Veronica Poku

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.

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Dr Chris Millora

Dr Chris Millora is Lecturer in Education and Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow leading the project ‘Literacies of Dissent: learning, youth activism and social change' in the Philippines an Chile. Broadly, his research interests is on the links between youth learning/literacies and social justice, particularly in Global South contexts.

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Dr Amina Shareef

Dr Amina Shareef is a lecturer in education. Her research investigates the connection between gender, the War on Terror, anti-Muslim racism. She writes about how Muslim people are unmade as tawhidic subjects—subjects forged in relation to tawhidic worldview in which there is no god but God—and remade as liberal subjects by anti-Muslim racism.

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