Staff in the Department of Sociology

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Fauzia Ahmad BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer
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Fauzia is a qualitative feminist researcher with research interests in gendered ethnic and faith identities.

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Les Back BSc PhD

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Les specialises in the sociology of racism and ethnicity, popular culture and music, and urban life and community.

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Vikki Bell BA PhD

Professor of Sociology
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Vikki's interests include transitional justice, cultural theory and questions of aesthetics, ethics and subjectivity.

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Natassia Brenman

ESRC Post Doctoral Research Fellow
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Natassia uses ethnographic methods to explore the technologies, temporalities, and spaces of mental health and care.

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Svenja Bromberg

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Svenja is a theorist with expertise in social and political theory, philosophy, critical thought and Marxism

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Kirsten Campbell

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With a theoretical focus upon gender and law, Kirsten explores international criminal law and transitional justice.

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Rebecca Coleman

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Rebecca works across sociology, cultural studies and feminist theory on temporality, media, bodies and inventive methods

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Abby Day

Professor of Race, Faith & Culture (

Abby works on researching, teaching and representing sociology of religion nationally and internationally.

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Sara R Farris

Senior Lecturer
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Sara has explored the orientalist underpinnings of sociological theory as well as feminism, racism and nationalism.

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Fay Dennis

Wellcome Research Fellow
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Fay Dennis is a Wellcome Research Fellow in Social Science and Bioethics in the Department of Sociology (mentored by Professor Marsha Rosengarten and Dr Rebecca Coleman).

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Jennifer Fleetwood

Senior Lecturer
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Jennifer is a criminologist and sociologist whose research and writing centres on women, gender, and crime/law-breaking.

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Monica Greco BA MA PhD

Head of the Department of Sociology
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Monica Greco works at the intersections of social science, history, and philosophy of medicine and psychiatry.

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Kiran Grewal

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Kiran researches the interactions between legal frameworks and social justice struggles of marginalised groups.

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Michael Guggenheim

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Michael works with different media to produce theoretical texts regarding civil protection and participatory politics.

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Paul Halliday

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Paul’s focus is on urban and fine-art photography, documentary and film, urban ethnography, and narratives of city life.

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David Hirsh, BSc MA PhD

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
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David has researched and published on contemporary antisemitism, crimes against humanity and totalitarianism.

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Emma Jackson

Senior Lecturer
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An urban sociologist and ethnographer, Emma explores the relationship between belonging, place and urban change.

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Kat Jungnickel

Senior Lecturer
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Kat researches invention, mobilities, gender and DIY tech communities of practice

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Faten Khazaei

Post Doctoral Researcher
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Faten works at the intersection of gender studies, critical race studies, sociology of migration and institutions.

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Theo Kindynis

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Theo’s current research focuses on the interrelationships between crime, urban space and social control.

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Caroline Knowles BSc PhD

Professor of Sociology
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Caroline writes about migration and circulations of material objects and the social forces constituting globalisation in cities.

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Dr Vik Loveday

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Currently researching higher education, Vik has also worked on gender, identity, luck, nostalgia and social class.

Jamie Matthews

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Jamie is a political sociologist whose research explores contemporary social movements and forms of popular protest.

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Dr Katja May

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Katja’s research interests are in feminist theory, affect, protest cultures and the phenomenology of making.

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Research Fellow
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Monk is a black Labrador. He has accompanied Mariam Motamedi-Fraser to Goldsmiths since September 2015, when he was seven months old.

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Kate Nash BSc PhD

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Kate works on cultural politics - how does meaning-making establish and challenge (more or less unequal, violent) social orders.

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Sevasti-Melissa Nolas

Senior Lecturer
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Melissa’s research focuses on childhood, youth and family lives with a specific interest in the intersection of childhood, publics, and politics.

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Pamela Odih, BSoc.Sc PhD

Senior Lecturer
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Pamela studies the significance of time/space to the regulation of subjects and construction of gendered subjectivity.

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David Oswell, BA (Hons), MA , PhD

Professor in Sociology and Pro-Warden for Research, Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange
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David’s research is concerned with the social life of children, children’s rights and, more broadly, social theory.

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Nirmal Puwar BA MA PhD

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Nirmal's research is in space and politics, with respect to bodies, race and gender. She has been leading the field in creative methods, especially through curating spaces.

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Dr Monica Sassatelli

Senior Lecturer
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Monica works in the fields of cultural identity, European cultural policies and cultural politics in city settings.

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Martin Savransky

Senior Lecturer and Director of the Unit of Play
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Martin works across philosophy and the social sciences, researching ecology, postcolonial thought, and radical pluralism

Brett St Louis BA MSc PhD

Senior Lecturer
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Brett's interests crystallise into three areas: race and ethnicity, post-colonial intellectualism and racism in sport.

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Alberto Toscano BA MA PhD

Reader in Critical Theory and Co-director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought
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Alberto’s expertise is in social and political theory, philosophy, Marxism and critical theory.

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Christos Varvantakis

Research fellow
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Christos is an anthropologist currently working as the research fellow for the Connectors Study (Goldsmiths/ ERC) in Athens, an international longitudinal ethnography which studies the relation between childhood and public life.

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Nina Wakeford

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Nina’s focus is on art and visual sociology, including methodologies and practice based research. 

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Yesim Yaprak Yildiz

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Yesim’s research focuses on political violence and human rights. She is currently working on confessional forms of truth-telling in the aftermath of state-led atrocities.